Car tax: Clean Air Zones can hit drivers with £100 fines – does your area have one?

Birmingham: Clean Air Zone signs seen across the city

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Drivers in and around cities like London, Birmingham and Bath are already well versed with a form of a CAZ tax, but other cities are set to bring forward plans for pollution reducing schemes. London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is probably the most well-known clean air zone in the UK, with Transport for London (TfL) expanding it to an area 18-times larger than the original zone in October.

ULEZ charges are £12.50 per day for non-compliant cars, motorcycles and vans and £100 per day for heavier vehicles including lorries.

These charges are payable in addition to the Congestion Charge.

Birmingham’s CAZ came into effect in June 2021 and charges non-compliant cars and vans £8 per day, with larger vehicles being charged £50.

It operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and one a driver pays for the day, they can drive in the area without limit that day.

Bath already has a Clean Air Zone in effect in which non-compliant vans, taxis and minibuses are charged £9 per day to enter the zone.

Trucks, lorries, buses and coaches, meanwhile, face a £100 daily charge. Private cars and motorbikes are currently exempt.

According to heycar, a Zero Emission Zone (ZEZ) planned for Oxford in December 2020 has been postponed until summer 2021.

Oxford will be one of the first places in the UK to introduce a Zero Emission Zone, meaning those who drive polluting vehicles into the zone will be charged, with the level of daily charge dependent on how polluting the vehicle is.

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Following Oxford, Bristol is set to launch their CAZ in October 2021.

Private cars, taxis and vans will be charged £9 per day and buses, coaches and HGVs will be charged £100 per day.

Owners of older vehicles will be able to apply for a one-year exemption.

A CAZ is set to be launched in southwest Portsmouth in the Autumn.

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