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Bradford Council is dedicated to improving air quality in our District. We hope that you will join us on our journey and use your cleanest your vehicles when visiting Bradford.

Bradford Clean Air Zone is coming soon

The Government is introducing Clean Air Zones across England to improve air quality and the health of people who live and work there.

There will be a Clean Air Zone in Bradford which will mean there will be a daily charge to drive into the zone for vehicles that do not meet the required emissions standards.

The Government has not set a start date for the Clean Air Zone in the Bradford district but it will be announced soon.

A Clean Air Zone is a defined area where targeted action is taken to improve air quality.

Through the use of a daily charge for entering the zone, the Council will encourage affected vehicle owners to consider upgrading their vehicles to compliant standards. Bradford will be a Class C+ Clean Air Zone which means there will be charges for all non-compliant vehicle types with the exception of passenger cars (not including private hire cars which will be subject to the daily charge if not compliant).

You can read more about the Clean Air Zone here

What do I need to do?

To prepare for the launch of the CAZ you can check your vehicle on the Government website:

This will let you know if your vehicle will be charged for driving in any of the UK Clean Air Zones including Bradford.

  • Passenger cars and motorbikes will not be charged for entering the Bradford Clean Air Zone. It doesn’t matter if you live outside the Bradford District or if you use your vehicle for work purposes.


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What exemptions are available?

The Council is providing an extensive grants and exemptions programme with businesses and residents allowed to exempt certain vehicles. This is possible because around 85% of commercial vehicles that are expected to enter the CAZ will be from outside the District.

  • Bradford householders can apply for an exemption if you own a non-compliant commercial type vehicle for private use (e.g. vans, campers, motorhomes and horseboxes), you will not have to pay.
  • Bradford businesses are eligible for up to 3 vehicles being exempt so most businesses, as long as they apply, most won’t have to pay. This includes self–employed and sole traders.
  • Exemptions are available for Community transport and registered charity vehicles that are located inside or outside of the Bradford District.

The table below highlights the exemptions that can be applied for even if your business is based outside the Bradford District.

Charity and community exemptions

There are national exemptions which will be automatically applied to the Bradford Clean Air Zone as they are applied in every Clean Air Zone across the country.

You do not have to pay a charge, if you have:

  • a disabled passenger tax class vehicle
  • a disabled tax class vehicle

What next?

Find out more about local and national exemptions on our website

If you are eligible for an exemption then please apply now:

Apply Now

If you are unsure if you will be charged to drive in the Bradford Clean Air Zone call our Clean Air Zone team who will be happy to provide you factual information about the status of your vehicle and will let you know if you are eligible for an exemption.

Tel:  01274 435533

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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Clean Air Zone enquiries: 01274 435533 or complete the online form

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