Clean Air Zone Updated Information

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Clean Air Zone - updated information

Bradford’s work in combatting air pollution and improving children’s health is praised by England’s top doctor

Bradford has been praised by England’s top doctor for the way it is improving the community’s health, especially among children, by reducing air pollution.

Professor Sir Chris Whitty, Chief Medical Officer for England, paid a fact-finding visit to the city in the spring for a first hand insight into the way it is breaking new ground in improving air quality.

In his annual report published on Thursday December 8, he has heralded the partnership between Bradford Council, the Born in Bradford (BiB) research project based at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and public health teams as an example of best practice.

You can read the full report here including the section that refers to Bradford.

Do I need to pay the daily CAZ charge?

You now 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 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.
  • HGVs, coaches, buses, LGV, minibuses, hackney carriage and private hire vehicles are liable for the charge if they are not compliant with the Clean Air Zone vehicle standard.

Please check if your your vehicle is chargeable on the Government website. 

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How do I make my payment?

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.

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.

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

Set up an account available for all businesses

You can set up a business user account to manage and process payments on the Drive in a clean air zone portal at to help you check multiple vehicles, assign account managers and set up a Bank Mandate. 

To create an account you’ll need your company name, an email address and upload a CSV file of your vehicle registration numbers.

Businesses with an account can now set up a Bank Payment Mandate to pay their Bradford CAZ charges.

Clean Air Zone Account Mandate

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. 

Grants remain available for Hackney Carriages and Private Hire Vehicles which are licensed in Bradford, you can find out more here.

If you are a business in the Bradford District with non-compliant vehicles you could be eligible to apply for our remaining grants for LGV or Minibuses. Further information can be found on our website.

Clean Air Zone LGV and Minibus grants are still available

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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