What is a clean air zone?

As an attempt to improve air quality in certain regions, local UK authorities have introduced clean air zones to encorouge lower polluting NO2 vehicles whilst decentivising the higher polluting vehicles. No vehicle will be banned from entering clear air zones but older and more polluting vehicles have to pay a clear air charge.

You can use our clean air zone checker to find out if you can drive into a region without having to pay a clean air zone charge, just start with your reg and glide through our simple 5 steps. 

Clean air zones
ULEZ Zones

ULEZ zones

London has a dedicated Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) to help clean up the air quality within London, covering from Chiswick in West London to Woolwich in the East.  ULEZ checks operate all year round, 24 hours per day with the exception of Christmas Day.

Similar to clean air zones, there will be a ULEZ charge for higher polluting vehicles entering the ULEZ zone, with the ambition to promote vehicles which are better for the environment such as fully electric cars. Currently, a vehicle which is not ULEZ compliant will need to pay a £12.50 daily charge to drive inside the ULEZ zone.

You can use our ULEZ checker to find out if your car is ULEZ compliant by simply entering your reg and area you're looking to visit.

Pay clean air zone fees

The charge for each clean air zone will depend on the location you are planning to visit and the type of vehicle you drive. If you know your vehicle is not compliant and you need to pay a clean air zone charge, please visit the Government site on the link below. 

Pay ULEZ charge

Cars, motorcycles, vans, specialist vehicles and minibuses which are not ULEZ compliant will need to pay ULEZ charges of £12.50 per day to drive through the zone. If you have used our ULEZ checker and know your vehicle is not compliant, you can pay the ULEZ charge by visiting the link below.

Clean air zones and ULEZ map

Find out where your local clean air zone is by using our interactive clean air zones map below. Within this you can also discover a ULEZ zone map detailing the areas in London where you will have to pay ULEZ fees if your vehicle is not compliant. 

Clean Air Zone

Congestion Charge Zone

Ultra Low Emission Zone

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  • When you enter a clean air zone or low emission zone in a non compliant vehicle you will have to pay a daily charge to drive in that clean air or ULEZ zone. These daily charges are dependant on the region you are planning to drive through and the type of vehicle you drive as a class C vehicle will have a different clean air charge to a class B vehicle. We have worked all this out for you in our clean air zone checker, all you need to do is enter your reg and details and we will let you know if your vehicle is compliant and the daily price you will need to pay if it is not.

  • Within each clean air zone and ULEZ area are roadside sensors and clean air zone cameras that identify and register every vehicle that enters. The vehicle is then sent to a secure data centred where the software determines if the vehicle is compliant for a clean air zone. 

  • There are a variety of vehicles and drivers who can claim one of the the clean air zone exemptions below. If you are exempt to drive in a clean air zone you will not need to pay a clean air zone charge. 

    • a vehicle that’s ultra low emission
    • a disabled passenger tax class vehicle
    • a military vehicle
    • a historic vehicle
    • a disabled tax class vehicle
    • a vehicle retrofitted with technology accredited by the Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme
    • certain types of agricultural vehicles
  • The Government's clean air act lays out the plans for local English authorities to set up clean air zones to improve the air quality in certain regions and to reduce the NO2 levels in compliance to legal limits. To find out more on the clean air zone framwork, click here.