Last updated October 5th, 2023
Yes, Bradford has a Clean Air Zone (CAZ). Therefore, drivers of certain vehicles that fail to meet the minimum emissions standards (the same requirements used for ULEZ exemption) will be liable to pay daily charges should they travel within the designated area.
In this guide, we will cover where Bradford’s CAZ is in operation, what constitutes a ‘Clean Air Zone’, which vehicles are liable for the charge, the fees that may apply – and the penalties for failing to pay.
The Bradford CAZ includes the outer ring road and the area inside it - and also extends out along the Aire Valley corridor (Manningham Lane, Bradford Road and the Canal Road area) to include Shipley and Saltaire.
The term ‘Clean Air Zone’ refers to an area where action is being taken to improve air quality (including nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter). A Clean Air Zone may charge certain vehicles daily fees for travelling within the designated area.
In April 2015, an environmental group called ClientEarth won a Supreme Court ruling against the UK Government. As a result, ministers were ordered to devise a plan to reduce air pollution to fall within the legal limits as soon as possible.
However, ClientEarth deemed the plans they drew up to be insufficient – and took the Government back to the High Court in a Judicial Review and won once again. Following the case, the Government announced expanded plans for Clean Air Zones in UK cities.
Each Clean Air Zone is assigned an alphabetical class (from A to D). This classification determines which vehicles will be liable to pay a daily fee if they fail to meet the minimum emissions standards.
As Bradford is a Class C+ Clean Air Zone, Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs), Large Goods Vehicles (LGVs), vans, minibuses, taxis, campervans and motorhomes will all be charged if they exceed the emission limits.
The following daily charges will apply to non-compliant vehicles travelling within the Bradford Clean Air Zone:
To find out whether your vehicle is exempt, use the Clean Air Zone Checker on the gov.uk website.
The Bradford Clean Air Zone was launched in September 2022 as air pollution had been a consistent issue within the city.
Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) and Particulate Matter (PM) levels had constantly exceeded the legal limits set by the EU. (These pollutants are normally created by road traffic.)
You can pay the Clean Air Zone fee:
Please note: A 'day' is classified as midnight to midnight here. It is not 24 hours from when you enter the zone.
If you own a private car or motorbike, you are exempt from paying the Clean Air Zone charge. (Other vehicle types that meet the required emissions standards are also exempt.)
You can pay the Bradford Clean Air Zone charge via the gov.uk website – or by calling the National Contact Centre on 0300 029 8888 (8am-8pm Monday to Friday and 8am-4pm Saturday).
If you don’t pay the Bradford CAZ charge within the payment window, you will receive a penalty charge in addition to the road user charge.
The fine for failing to pay the Bradford CAZ fee is £120 (in addition to the applicable road user charge).