How many Clean Air Zones are there now?


NEW CAR TAX changes impacting petrol and diesel will be introduced across various UK cities from 2022 in a bid to cut vehicle emissions.

Clean air zone traffic entrance sign
Example sign


One way to be exempt is to use an Electric car. For local journeys a Used car may be worth considering.

Here is our Beginners guide to Electric cars.

Government guidance

Government guidance can be found here.


London will expand its ULEZ zone from October2021. Technically this does not fall under Clean Air Zone legislation.

Bath and Birmingham

New Clean Air Zones have already been launched in Bath and Birmingham so far in 2021 while London will expand its ULEZ zone from October. The cities of Bristol, Portsmouth, Newcastle and Oxford all look set to launch new schemes by the end of this year but many cities are waiting for 2022 to launch tier projects.

New car tax changes: Drivers in these UK regions to face major new charges from 2022 – Daily Express – June 2021

Many of the schemes will target older petrol and diesel drivers with fees of up to £60 for using the roads.


The new charge which will cover much of the city centre is expected to launch on 5 January 2022.


Bristol’s clean air zone will be introduced in the summer of 2022, with citizens and businesses receiving a strengthened package of support to help them adapt to the changes to tackle pollution in the city.

Newcastle, Gateshead and North Tyneside CAZ

Newcastle City Council announced last October that the CAZ would not be arriving on schedule but could still go ahead later in 2021.

Greater Manchester CAZ

Greater Manchester clean air zone could launch in May 2022.

New technology aimed at detecting whether cars are polluting will be installed at 76 ANPR camera locations ahead of a new Clean Air Zone in Bolton.


Plans are being drawn up to introduce a series of major Clean Air Zones across some of Scotland’s major cities next year.

Cities affected include Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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