Bradford Clean Air Zone - what do you need to know?

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Bradford’s Clean Air Zone, created to tackle air pollution, will mean commercial vehicles entering the Clean Air Zone will face a daily charge if they don’t meet the required emission standards. Find out what the Bradford Clean Air Zone is and how it will affect you.

To tackle air pollution, the Bradford Clean Air Zone (CAZ) will be launched in Spring 2022. It will be a class C + Clean Air Zone which means that commercial vehicles entering the CAZ will face a daily charge if they don’t meet the required emission standards. The zone is being introduced to improve health and the biggest reductions in pollution will be at schools in the district.


The Bradford zone will cover the area inside, and including, the Bradford outer ring road (A6177). It will also extend out along the Aire Valley corridor, (Manningham Lane/Bradford Road and Canal Road area) to include Shipley and Saltaire. You can view a map here: Where is the Clean Air Zone?


Passenger cars and motorbikes will not be charged for entering the Bradford Clean Air Zone but 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.

To prepare for the launch of the CAZ you can check your vehicle on the Government website: This will let you know if your vehicle will be charged for driving in any of the UK Clean Air Zones including Bradford.


Bradford Residents – parents, staff, school visitors

  • Can apply for an exemption for one non-compliant vehicle
  • This includes private vans, horseboxes, motorhomes, or campervans.
  • Register on the Breathe Better Bradford website.
  • We will then notify you by email once the scheme is launched with instructions on how to apply.


Non-Bradford Residents – parents, staff, school visitors

  • Local exemptions do not apply if you live outside the Bradford District.
  • This means that you will be charged if you drive a non-compliant vehicle inside the Bradford Clean Air Zone.
  • Please ensure you double check your vehicle on the Government website:


School Buses & Coaches

Public Service Vehicles (PSVs) contracted for the transport of Bradford school pupils living in the Metropolitan District of Bradford or pupils attending a school or educational establishment in the Bradford District can apply for an exemption.


Coaches, Heavy Goods and Light Goods Vehicles, including Minibuses  

Bradford District businesses and registered organisations can apply for up to 3 vehicle exemptions from CAZ charges. Businesses up to Small & Medium Enterprise (SME) and registered organisations can apply.


Contact information

Check our website for information on exemptions and also how to apply.

You can read more about why the Clean Air Zone is important to residents and those who work in the District on our website: Bradford Clean Air Zone.

Feel free to contact our Clean Air Zone team with any questions or queries:

Call 01274 435533 or complete the online form:


Published: 03/03/2022
Audience: Staff, parents, school visitors and contractors
Contact: Melanie Day

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