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First Clean Air Zone outside of London goes Live!

by | Mar 15, 2021 | All Articles, Fleet Management | 0 comments

Clean Air Zone in Bath goes live – what does this mean for your fleet?

The Clean Air Zone in Bath has gone live from today (Midnight 15th March 2021). This means that any non-compliant vehicles entering the designated zone will be liable for the charge. Here we look at what the implications will be.

What vehicles will be charged?

The vehicles liable for the charge will be non-compliant vans, taxis and minibuses, non-compliant trucks and lorries, along with coaches and buses. Private cars and motorcycles will not be charged.

What do you mean by “non-compliant”?

To be “compliant” and not face the Clean Air Zone charges then vehicles MUST meet the following minimum requirements.

Vehicle type Clean Air Zone minimum standard
Buses, coaches, heavy goods vehicles Euro VI
Vans, minibuses, taxis, private hire vehicles, cars Euro 6 (diesel) and Euro 4 (petrol)
Motorcycles Euro 3

Any vehicles which fall outside of these minimum standards will be classed as “non-compliant” and be liable for the charge.

How do I know if my vehicle(s) is/are compliant?

The Gov.uk website provides a handy tool if you wish to check if your vehicle is compliant or not. You can visit the tool by clicking here. (opens in a new window)

How much are the charges in Bath?

Non-compliant vans, taxis and minibuses will be charged £9, while non-compliant trucks and lorries, and coaches and buses face a daily charge of £100.

Where is the Clean Air Zone boundary?

Bath Clean Air Zone Map

(image from motoringresearch.com)

How do I pay any charges?

Registration Plate Recognition Cameras are fitted in the zones to pick up which vehicles have been in the zones. You MUST pay any charges from 6 days before or after you enter the zone. Charges can be paid for by visiting here (opens in new tab).

If you have multiple vehicles making regular journeys you can upload more than vehicle at once. You will be able to create an account and register your business details. You can then enter your vehicle details individually or upload them as a CSV file.

If you do not pay your charge you could be liable for a fine.

Exemptions

There are exemptions which you could apply for. These could be in relation to;

  •  Larger motorhomes and horse transporters that are PHGVs
  • Hard-to-replace vehicles
  • Health or emergency service vehicles
  • Support vehicles for vulnerable groups in a community
  • Support vehicle upgrades

With more Clean Air Zones going live across the UK over the coming months, our team are on hand to help fleet managers prepare for the changes in planning and budgeting.

If you have any questions about switching to compliant vehicles or managing the changes, please don’t hesitate to drop us a line using the form below.

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