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What is a Clean Air Zone and which cities have them?

What is a Clean Air Zone and which cities have them?

See a list of all UK Clean Air Zones, find out if you're allowed to drive in them and how much it'll cost you

Clean Air Zones (CAZ) are areas in cities that limit vehicle access depending on your car's emissions standard. They're popping up in city centres across the UK, and it can cost a pretty penny if you drive into one in a non-exempt vehicle. Read on to find out which cities in the UK have Clean Air Zones, what the charges are, and which vehicles are exempt.

What cars are allowed in Clean Air Zones?

It varies depending on the city you’re in, but cars are classified by their ‘Euro’ emissions level. Generally speaking, to avoid paying in most Clean Air Zones your car needs to meet Euro 6 standards if it’s a diesel, or Euro 4 if it’s a petrol. 

Where are the UK’s Clean Air Zones?

Clean Air Zones are currently active in the following cities:

CityDate enforcedWhat private passenger cars are exempt?Charge for non-exempt private passenger cars?
Aberdeen1 June 2024Euro 6 diesel, Euro 4 petrol£60, reduced by 50% if paid within 14 days*
BathNowAll-
BirminghamNowEuro 6 diesel, Euro 4 petrol£8
BradfordNowAll-
BristolNowEuro 6 diesel, Euro 4 petrol£9
DundeeNowEuro 6 diesel, Euro 4 petrol£60, reduced by 50% if paid within 14 days*
EdinburghNowEuro 6 diesel, Euro 4 petrol£60, reduced by 50% if paid within 14 days*
GlasgowNowEuro 6 diesel, Euro 4 petrol£60, reduced by 50% if paid within 14 days*
LondonNowEuro 6 diesel, Euro 4 petrol£12.50
ManchesterUnder review – likely coming 2026
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OxfordNowFull EVs only£2-£20 depending on vehicle
PortsmouthNowAll-
SheffieldNowAll-
Tyneside – Newcastle and GatesheadNowAll-

Every car sold by Motorpoint meets Euro 6 standards, so they're exempt from all CAZ areas that charge based on emissions. All diesel cars registered after September 2015 comply with Euro 6 regulations, while all petrol cars registered from 1 January 2005 comply with Euro 4 regs. This means you can drive an older petrol car in a CAZ than a diesel.

How much does it cost to enter a Clean Air Zone?

It varies depending on the type of vehicle you’re in, and the CAZ you’re using. Some CAZs don't charge private cars to enter – the ones that do are listed below. You'll also find the cost to enter the zone, exemption criteria and any extra info you need to know.

CityCost for a non-exempt private passenger carWhat is exempt?Notes
Aberdeen£60, reduced by 50% if paid within 14 days*Euro 6 diesel, Euro 4 petrolCharges don't apply until end of May 2024
Birmingham£8Euro 6 diesel, Euro 4 petrol
Bristol£9Euro 6 diesel, Euro 4 petrol
Dundee£60, reduced by 50% if paid within 14 days*Euro 6 diesel, Euro 4 petrolCharges don't apply until end of May 2024
Edinburgh£60, reduced by 50% if paid within 14 days*Euro 6 diesel, Euro 4 petrolCharges don't apply until end of May 2024
Glasgow£60, reduced by 50% if paid within 14 days*Euro 6 diesel, Euro 4 petrolCharges don't apply until end of May 2024
London£12.50Euro 6 diesel, Euro 4 petrol
Oxford£2-20EVs onlyAs a zero-emission zone, even hybrids must pay to enter

* The penalty amount doubles with each subsequent breach of the rules detected in the same LEZ. The penalty charges are capped at £480 for cars and light goods vehicles. The fine resets to £60 if no violation for 90 days.

Find out more about Clean Air Zones and whether you need to pay for entering one.

Clean Air Zone FAQs