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The Bradford Clean Air Zone is now in operation

The Clean Air Zone is now live and we have started our journey to improve air quality in our District. We won't know immediately how much the air quality has improved until a full analysis of the air quality monitoring data has taken place, but we can already see benefits on Market Street in the city centre where the compliant buses and taxis meet emissions requirements and are contributing to improved air quality.

How do I pay the daily CAZ charge?

Payment must be made online at or by calling the National Contact Centre on 0300 029 8888 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm, and Saturday, 8am to 4pm).

You can pay 6 days before the day of your visit, on the day of your visit or up to 6 days after the day of your visit.

A 'day' is classified as midnight to midnight, not 24 hours from when you enter the zone. During that midnight to midnight timeframe, you can enter and leave the zone numerous times and only incur a single charge. However, if you cross the midnight threshold you will be charged for two days.

You will receive a £120 penalty charge plus the road user charge if you drive a non-compliant vehicle in the Bradford CAZ and fail to pay any daily charge due within the payment window.

You will not receive a notification or alert advising you that you have entered the zone and payment is due; you as a driver are fully responsible for understanding and managing all payments.

When making payments please check you are using the Government website, you can see a screen shot below.

CAZ Check you are using the Government website

Check before you travel and look for the road signs

You can use the government website, to check whether charges will apply to your vehicle in Bradford and other zones. If you’re a business or organisation, you can check multiple vehicles.

It is important for drivers to recognise and understand the meaning of the Clean Air Zone traffic symbols in order to avoid being penalised when driving in these controlled zones.

Signage on roads in and around the zone, showing a white cloud symbol within a green circle, will indicate that a Clean Air Zone scheme is in operation. The letter C is used in Bradford denoting the class of the zone.

All signage for the Bradford Clean Air Zone is positioned in accordance with Department for Transport guidance. All approaches to the zone are signed, warning you of the zone ahead. All points of entry to the zone offer opportunities to avoid the zone. The primary job of the signage is to discourage entry of non-compliant vehicles, reducing emissions from these older commercial vehicles within the zone and improving air quality and health.

CAZ check road signs

Help is still available?

Help is still available in the form of grants for Bradford businesses and exemptions for both Bradford businesses and residents. 

Engagement with schools

We would like to congratulate and thank all the schools who entered our Clean Air poster competition. The winning images can be seen below and really reflect the key messages surrounding air pollution and clean air.

Councillor Martin Love, the Lord Mayor of Bradford judged the posters and said,

“All the entries are really magnificent, it is great to see children are learning about air pollution and demonstrating their knowledge within the posters. The competition was really hard to judge as all the entries were of such a good standard. Everyone who entered should be really proud of themselves.”

CAZ poster competition

Bradford Council are actively working with partners at schools in the District to engage and increase awareness of air pollution and the health related problems it can cause.

The Council are involved in workshops and creativity labs with Born in Bradford to educate and inspire the children in our district so they can develop new and creative ideas to improve air quality where they live. This will culminate in a mini pitch event in each school from which the highest scoring idea will be selected for that group to then present in City Hall on Clean Air Day 2023. This will include many more schools than in 2022 and is a great opportunity for the children to learn presentation skills and share their ideas.

The Council are also working with Born in Bradford are working on a study called BiB Breathes which will evaluate the impact of the Clean Air Zone on air quality, health and health inequalities in the city of Bradford. This project also involves extensive work with schools including time in the classroom and air quality monitoring with children inside and outside schools and with children on the route to school.

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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