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