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Bradford Clean Air Zone is coming

Clean Air Zone - update 10 March 2022

Bradford travel and transport

Bradford’s Clean Air Zone has been created to tackle air pollution, reduce nitrogen dioxide levels and improve air quality across the District, as quickly as possible. Health research in Bradford shows that the largest health benefits will be felt by the poorest communities in the City.

Every ward in Bradford will benefit from cleaner air. There will be more electric taxis and the number of noncompliant vans, lorries, taxis and buses will fall. As a result, air quality will improve across the district, both inside and outside the Clean Air Zone boundary.

You can read what's going on in the district to support the changes how we are all working to directly improve air quality.


We are working with all Bradford bus companies to maximise the number of compliant clean air buses that will be in operation in and around the district. Grants have been made available for new buses and also retrofit conversions to ensure vehicles meet  the Bradford clean air zone standards.

Bradford Council has worked with the West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA) to facilitate the upgrade over 300 buses to meet Clean Air Zone standards and is also supporting current Zero Emission Bus Fund applications by Transdev and Arriva which will hopefully see 40 electric buses coming into service in the district next year.

TLC Travel is based in the Bradford Clean Air Zone and provides tendered bus services on behalf of Metro and are vital to the social and economic welfare of urban and rural communities across West Yorkshire. They are upgrading 19 of their buses to CAZ standards to make their whole fleet compliant.

First West Yorkshire unveiled their new Bradford City buses in City Park, a significant investment that will see 39 new vehicles introduced in the coming weeks ensuring that their fleet will contribute to reducing pollution and improving air quality in the district.

First Bus in City park with councillors

Image shows: Paul Matthews, managing director of First West Yorkshire, Council leader, Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe; cllr Alex Ross-Shaw, Bradford Council's portfolio holder for regeneration, planning and transport.

Private Hire Vehicles

Don't worry that your taxi fare will increase due to Bradford Clean Air Zone changes - over 84% of Bradford private hire vehicles are already compliant with the Bradford Clean Air Zone requirements more are accessing the grants every day.

We want to thank the Bradford Licensed Taxi trade for all they are doing to make the air cleaner in the Bradford district, we recognise the work that taxi owners have carried out to date to upgrade their vehicles.

Bradford taxis

There is still funding available for Bradford taxi owners to apply for grants in the Clean Air Taxi (CAT) Programme. With almost 3,000 grants available, which range from £3,200 up to £10,000, the CAT Programme helps cover the costs of upgrading to a CAZ compliant vehicle after the removal from license of a non-compliant vehicle.

25% of all grants will be prioritised for electric vehicles as the programme aims to encourage the taxi trade to upgrade to ultra-low and zero emission vehicles.

Find out about the taxi grants still available here.

Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicles go beyond the compliant vehicle standards set in the Bradford Clean Air Zone, there is no exhaust emissions from these vehicles. 

If you want to find out more about the costs and benefits of electric vehicles, local charging networks and also the grants which are available for Bradford District businesses you can watch the recent webinar we hosted here or click on the image below.

Presentations were made by Fiona Appleton, Regional Manager, Energy Savings Trust and Sally Jones, Monitoring and Evaluation Manager for Bradford Clean Air Plan Team followed by a question and answer session.

Electric vehicle Webinar image

Electric vehicle charging points

We have received over £300,000 from the On-Street Residential Charge Point Scheme, part of the Government’s Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV), supported by the Energy Saving Trust.

This will enable 38 new fast charging points to be installed across 14 locations, allowing 75 electric vehicles to plug in. The grant will cover 75 per cent of the funding, with the council investing the other 25 per cent from Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funding.

Most of these new charge points will be in residential areas where there is no off-street parking, such as areas with terraced houses, cottages and flats, where there are no driveways to install private charge points.

The locations are on council-owned land used for parking – either car parks or laybys – which are accessible 24 hours per day.

For further information on electric vehicles and charge points see Electric vehicle charging points | Bradford Council

Waste Services

Our Waste Services team are currently trialling a new electric vehicle courtesy of Dennis Eagle with a view to replacing a number of diesel powered waste collection wagons in the near future. This trial will allow us to capture various data to evaluate and compare performance and suitability.

So far, the service has been trialling the vehicle for 3 days, and it has caught the eye of several residents who have agreed it would be a great idea to have electric bin wagons.

They have an overall battery life of 10 years and a charged battery will last a full day, costing approx. £20 to charge overnight. The vehicles can drive roughly 100 miles with a fully charged battery. One of the refuse collectors told us that the vehicle is easier to drive and more efficient than the current vehicles and is also much quieter and narrower.

Electric Refuge Vehicle

Check your vehicle online

Using the government’s GOV.UK’s vehicle checker, you will be able to check whether charges will apply to your vehicle using your registration number. If you’re a business or organisation, you can check multiple vehicles.

Clean Air Zone links and information

All information regarding the Bradford CAZ, including information about grants and exemptions, can be found on the Breathe Better Bradford website.

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Support for businesses

Bradford Council’s Invest in Bradford team can help with guidance and support with all aspects of  business planning and grant funding.

Email:, or call 01274 437727.

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