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UK Clean Air Zones - The Latest News

Ultra low emissions zone ULEZ

 

The latest CAZ to go live:

Manchester’s Clean air zone was given the green light on 20th December 2023, however, motorists will not be charged for entering the area.

The plans instead will be to invest in electric buses and taxis to deliver clean air, rather than forcing older or polluting cars out of the area. The plan also includes investment in traffic flow management in the centre of Manchester. 

 

Recent Clean Air Zones that went live:

London

From August 29th, 2023, the London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) was expanded to encompass all London Boroughs. 

Driving anywhere within the London ULEZ zone in a non-compliant vehicle will cost £12.50 per day, including residents who live in the

ULEZ area. The newly expanded zone is operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but does not include the M25, but will encompass Heathrow Airport. If you travel into central London, you must also pay a congestion charge of £15 per day.  

 

Newcastle & Gateshead

Newcastle and Gateshead's Clean Air Zone saw signs erected and cameras go live from 3rd October 2022. Although the 38 cameras around the zone are operating, drivers are not yet being charged. Private vehicles will not be charged, while HGVs will only need to start paying from 30th January 2023 and Vans/light goods vehicles will face charges of £12.50/day from 17th July 2023.

 

Sheffield

Although Sheffield’s CAZ went fully live on  5th June 2023 with light commercial goods vehicles needing to pay a £10/day charge. 

Sheffield’s CAZ went live on Monday 27th February 2023. The inner ring road and central business district are part of a class C charged zone, meaning the most polluting HGVs, LGVs, vans, buses, coaches, and taxis are subject to a charge of £50/day for entering this area.  

 

Bristol

Bristol’s Clean Air Zone went live on 28th November 2022, although only a small area in the centre of Bristol logistics companies could easily be caught out if a vehicle enters the area, charges start at £9/day for light good vehicles (under 3.5t) and rise to £100/day for HGV’s (over 3.5t). 

 

Bradford

Bradford's Clean Air zone Went live on Monday 26th September 2022. Covering the City Centre and Outer Ring Road.

Pre-Euro VI HGV's will be charged £50 daily. Pre-EuroVi LGV's diesel and pre-EuroIV petrol vehicles will be charged £9/day, with some exemptions.

 

Possible Future Clean Air Zones:

Derbyshire County Council published a survey in May 2023 asking residents of Ashbourne whether they would like a clean Air Zone or prefer a 20MPH zone through the town.

Since the 25th October 2021 the London ULEZ has covered up to the North and South Circular roads, but there is now strong public support for the zone to be extended to cover the whole of the capital.

A recent survey by YouGov found that 51% of Londoners would support an expansion, compared to 27% that were against it. If this goes forward, then every vehicle that does not meet the emission criteria would be charged £12.50 per day to drive within the ULEZ region beginning in August 2023.
 

Navigating CAZs

If you deliver goods into city centres then Clean Air Zones will need to be factored into either your delivery costs, (Portsmouth CAZ will charge HGV's £50/day while Bath CAZ charges £100/day for an HGV to enter the zone) or into the cost of replacing your fleet with lower emission or emission free vehicles.

It is therefore likely that many companies will operate mixed fleets for quite some time as vehicles are replaced, so choosing the correct vehicle for deliveries into Clean Air Zones will become vitally important to ensure that charges are kept to a minimum. Once the parameters of your vehicles are entered into the Descartes’ routing software it will automatically select the best vehicle from your fleet when scheduling deliveries within clean air zones.

Contact us for more details on routing and making deliveries within Clean Air Zones or send an email to info@descartes.com

Or click here for more information on Route scheduling and optimisation 


The following cities are now either Live or are expected to introduce their own Clean Air Zones soon:

Bath LIVE 15th March Class C    Details
Birmingham LIVE 1st June 2021 Class D Details
Bristol 28th November 2022

Small area of Class D   
older cars £9
Trucks, buses and coaches £100

London ULEZ expanded Zone

LIVE 25th October 2021 Area inside, but excluding the north & south Circulars
Bradford LIVE 26th September 2022 Class C
Leicester Scrapped Improvements in air quality meant the CAZ was no longer required.
Manchester Scrapped

A clean Air zone is no longer being proposed for the city. 

A new investment-led Clean Air plan is being submitted to the UK Government for consideration. 

Newcastle LIVE 30th January 2023 2 phases: HGV's 30th Jan 2023 | Vans & Light goods July 2023
Portsmouth

LIVE

29th November 2021

Class B

non-compliant HGVs, buses and coaches will be charged £50 a day.

Details here

Rotherham & Sheffield LIVE 27th February 2023 Class C
Cambridge on going plans for 2027/8 Possibility of a congestion charge - Scrapped
Liverpool Plans on hold indefinitely  
Oxford February 2022 Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ)
Southampton Operational Non Charging
Sefton TBC  
St Albans TBC  
Warrington TBC  
Wokingham TBC  
York 2022 Class A

Scotland

Glasgow LEZ commenced 31st May 2022 (enforcement commences 1st June 2023)
Edinburgh LEZ commenced 31st May 2022 (enforcement commences 1st June 2024)
Aberdeen LEZ commenced 31st May 2022 (enforcement commences 1st June 2024)
Dundee LEZ commenced 31st May 2022 (enforcement commences 30th May 2024)

Wales

CAZ's are being considered for a number of towns

Cardiff Definitely Not Recently ruled out a CAZ
Caerphilly Possible clean air zone Total ban on HGVs at peak times

Could Coventry's CAZ be next on the list if it doesn't improve it's air quality?

 

Clean Air Zone Classifications

  • Class A - Buses, coaches, taxis and private hire vehicles (PHVs)
  • Class B - Buses, coaches, taxis, PHVs and heavy goods vehicles (HGVs)
  • Class C - Buses, coaches, taxis, PHVs, HGVs and light goods vehicles (LGVs)
  • Class D, Buses, coaches, taxis, PHVs, HGVs LGVs and cars.

Though Euro VI compliant Buses, coaches, taxis, PHVs, HGVs, Euro VI diesel Cars and Euro IV Petrol cars are exempt from all charges.

 

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