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What is the Bradford Clean Air Zone?

To help limit air pollution, Bradford has launched its own Clean Air Zone (CAZ) on 26 September 2022 to control emissions in the city. This is part of a national scheme to improve air quality and people's health; locally the scheme has been coined 'Breathe Better Bradford'.

According to the Local Democracy Reporting Service, several areas of Bradford are exceeding the legal pollution limit levels for Nitrogen Dioxide which are set at 40 µg/m3. It is estimated that the reduction in air pollution will also reduce hospital admissions from breathing difficulties by 10%.

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Why does Bradford need a Clean Air Zone?

“1 in 5 of our children have a breathing problem" - Andrew Whittles, Air Quality Director, Bradford Council

To help safeguard the health of its residents, as well as the environment, Bradford has implemented a Clean Air Zone that will see drivers of older, non-compliant vehicles pay a daily fee to enter the zone.

For the Bradford charging CAZ, non-compliant vehicles are Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs), buses, coaches, taxis and private hire vehicles that:

  • Do not meet Euro 6 emissions standards (so are Euro 5 or older) if they are diesel.
  • Do not meet Euro 4 emissions standards (so are Euro 3 or older) if they are petrol.

Private cars, motorcycles and vans will not be charged to drive in the zone.

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What you need to know

Bradford is a Class C+ Zone, meaning buses, coaches, taxis, private hire vehicles and heavy goods vehicles are all included in the charge.
Bradford CAZ operating times
Bradford’s Clean Air Zone operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All year round.
How much is the Bradford CAZ charge?
The charge you'll need to pay is dependant on your vehicle type. The charge is £7 for taxis and Private Hire Vehicles. Non-compliant LGVs and minibuses will pay £9 and HGVs, buses and coaches will pay £50 per day. Private cars or motorcycles are exempt from this charge.

Charges apply daily, so if you're entering and exiting the zone multiple times on the same day, you will only need to pay once.

But, if you drive in the zone across two days, for example before midnight and after midnight, you'll need to pay two daily charges.
Fines for the Bradford CAZ
If you forget to pay the fee, you’ll get a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) in the post for a £120 fine. This is reduced to £60 if you pay it within 14 days.

The Penalty Charge is payable in addition to the Clean Air Zone daily charge dependant on your vehicle type.
Bradford CAZ charge exemptions
You’re automatically entitled to an exemption and do not have to pay a charge if you have:

A vehicle that’s Ultra Low Emission

A disabled passenger tax class vehicleA disabled tax class vehicle

A military vehicle

A vehicle retrofitted with technology accredited by the Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme (CVRAS)A historic vehicleCertain types of agricultural vehicles

There are quite a few other exemptions to the charges. If you drive one of these vehicles, you will need to apply for exemption on the Bradford Council website:

Charity vehicles

School buses

Emergency response vehicles

Private hire vehicles (5-8 passenger seats)

LPG private hire vehicles (up to 4 passenger seats)

Specialist vehicles

Local SME vehicles

Residents vehicles

Motorised horseboxes

Motor caravans

Limited supply vehicles

Showman's vehicles
How much of Bradford does the zone cover?
The Bradford CAZ covers the area inside, and including, the Bradford outer ring road.It will also extend out to include:

- The Aire Valley Corridor

- Manningham Lane

- Bradford Road

- Canal Road

- Shipley

- Saltaire
Bradford CAZ Map
How do I know if I'm about to drive into the CAZ?
As you drive towards the Bradford outer ring road, you’ll start to see CAZ signs. The signs will have a symbol with the Letter C, showing the Clean Air Zone class.
How do I pay the CAZ charge?
The fastest way to pay the Bradford CAZ charge is by using Caura. All you need to do is download Caura for free and load your car (or cars) onto the app.

Once you enter your registration plate in the app, we will automatically display the exact charge you need to pay based on your vehicle type. Then, pay in two taps and you’re done.

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