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Clean Air Zone - payment information

The Bradford Clean Air Zone payment information

You will need to pay a daily charge to drive in the Bradford Clean Air Zone (CAZ) if your vehicle does not meet required emission standards and is not exempt.

Passenger cars are not chargeable when driving in the Bradford Clean Air Zone.There will be charges for all non-compliant vehicle types.

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.

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 Make payment using the Government website

Driving in the Bradford Clean Air Zone

Check the maps on our website to familiarise yourself with the Bradford Clean Air Zone. You can click through to the definitive map that will allow you to search by location or postcode.

When you are driving look out for signs that tell you that you’re in the zone or approaching the zone. Cars and motorbikes are not charged.

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.

What happens if I do not pay my CAZ charge in the payment window?

We will send you a PCN if you have driven a chargeable, non-compliant vehicle in Bradford's Clean Air Zone and not paid the CAZ charge due within the payment window.

You will need to pay both your £120 PCN and the outstanding CAZ charge which will be either £7, £9 or £50, (depending on your vehicle type). 

If you pay the PCN within 14 days of the date of service, the PCN is reduced to £60. You will still have to pay the outstanding CAZ charge.

To pay for the PCN and the outstanding CAZ charge, you will need to provide the following information:

  • the Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) number (for example, DY12345678)
  • your vehicle registration number

    Pay the PCN online

Help is still available?

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

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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