In a bid to reduce harmful emissions caused by the most polluting vehicles, Sheffield is implementing a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) on the 27th of February. The zone will cover the Sheffield city centre and inner ring roads. You can view a map of the Sheffield Clean Air Zone here.
The Sheffield CAZ will be a Class C zone meaning only drivers of non-compliant commercial vehicles (taxis, vans, LGVs, buses, HGVs and coaches) will be charged a daily fee to drive in the zone.
Do I need to pay the Sheffield Clean Air Zone charge?
Private cars and motorcycles are exempt from paying the Sheffield Clean Air Zone charge. This means that even if you drive an older vehicle, you will not need to pay a daily fee to drive in the zone.
For all other vehicles, you must meet the following emission standards to be exempt from the charge:
There are also some local and national exemptions in place. You can find a full list of Sheffield CAZ exemptions here.
Drivers are required to check if their vehicle is exempt from the charge and if not, will need to pay the fee within the given timeframe. The consequence of non-payment? A hefty £120 PCN sent straight through the letterbox.
Still confused? Caura will be adding the Sheffield CAZ charge to the app on the 27h of February, the day the zone launches. Add your vehicle to Caura and go to City Charges to check if your vehicle is compliant.
Caura is the fastest way to check exemption status or pay the charge
All you need to do is enter your vehicle registration number into the app, and the app will tell you if your vehicle is exempt.
If you need to pay, Caura will display the correct charge (either £10 or £50) depending on the type of your vehicle, and you can go ahead and pay in two taps using Apple Pay, Google Pay, credit or debit card.
The annual cost of air pollution to the UK is £20 billion and contributes to 500 deaths in Sheffield alone.
After considering a variety of different ways to improve air quality in the shortest time possible, data collected showed that a Class C charging zone would bring down air pollution faster than any other option.
Sheffield is not the first city to implement a Class C Clean Air Zone. Back in March 2021, Bath introduced the first-of-its-kind Class C CAZ. Since its launch, the Bath Clean Air Zone has successfully lowered levels of nitrogen dioxide by 21%, with more than 90% of HGVs, buses, coaches and taxis now compliant with emission standards. 
The Sheffield Clean Air Zone is hoped to do the same - encourage drivers of non-compliant vehicles to change to cleaner models.
Financial support is available for affected drivers and business owners
Sheffield City Council has made financial support available to help affected drivers change their vehicles to a compliant model.
1) About the grants
The amount of funding you can receive is dependent on your vehicle type:
Support will be in the form of a grant and funding can only be used to purchase a compliant vehicle that meets government set emission standards.
2) How to apply for the grant
Applications can be made online via the council website here . The application process has 2 stages.
3) Are there any rules or exemptions?
The number of vehicles you can get support for is limited to 3 per business / resident.
You can’t apply for financial support if:
4) I’ve been approved for support and am waiting for my compliant vehicle, what happens next?
If your application has been approved, you will receive an ‘Agreement in Principle letter’ and a temporary exemption will automatically apply to your non-compliant vehicle. There are three types of temporary exemptions:
Failed credit check exemption: If an applicant passed the initial eligibility check but failed the credit check undertaken by the finance provider, the vehicle will be granted a 6-month exemption