Clean Air Zones – 2023 Latest Update

Since 2019 Clean Air Zones (CAZ) have been introduced across the country in many major cities.

A Clean Air Zone (CAZ) is an area where targeted action is being taken to improve air quality for people’s health and to support economic growth. The CAZs’ aim is to make sure that any improvements in air quality are long lasting and to ensure this there is a focus on reducing carbon emissions.

If your company needs to travel in and out of city centres, your fleet will need to be compliant [HGV – Euro V1/LCV – Euro 6 (diesel) or Euro 4 (petrol)] or face daily fines.

FVTH have been closely monitoring progress with this legislation and here is a simple outline of what is happening and when, which will be updated as required.

There are four types of Clean Air Zone (CAZ), from A through to D.

In the main, cities are choosing Class C and D.

Fines vary across the regions, with higher fines for vehicles over 3.5t GVW. HGV vehicles will have to meet a minimum emission standard, and this is now set at Euro VI.

LCV, minibuses, private hire vehicles, and cars will have a minimum emission standard of Euro 6 (diesel) and Euro 4 (petrol).

Each city is formulating its own CAZ and its own fine structure for vehicles not conforming to the standards.

Zones with charges

Zones without charges

Temporary Exemptions

SHEFFIELD – some light goods vehicles and hackney carriage vehicles – until
4th June 2023
TYNESIDE (NEWCASTLE& GATESHEAD) – light goods vehicles –
until July 2023

Come and talk to FVTH about reviewing your fleet, by planning now you can ensure that your fleet will still be legally operating across cities, maximising your profits and minimising CAZ fines or penalties.