Manchester Clean Air Zone

What are Clean Air Zones (CAZ)?

A clean air zone (CAZ) is an area where action is being taken to improve air quality by reducing vehicle emissions.

There are two types of CAZ.

1.      Charging Clean Air Zones

In charging CAZ drivers whose vehicles do not meet the emission restrictions must pay a daily fee to drive in the area.

2.      Non-charging zones

Drivers do not pay a fee in these areas, instead measures have been taking to improve air quality, such measures include traffic-flow management, rerouting traffic, and retrofitting vehicles with pollution controls.

What is ULEZ?

ULEZ is London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone, which is a type of clean air zone.

ULEZ covers all 32 London boroughs and operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week excluding Christmas Day. Only vehicles which meet the emissions criteria for ULEZ are allowed to drive in the area without paying a daily fee.


Is my car ULEZ compliant?

You can find out whether your car is compliant for any Clean Air Zone across the country using the government’s online vehicle checker. If you want to find out if your car is ULEZ compliant for London, use the Transport for London checker.

Enter your registration and the website will tell you if you’ll be charged a daily fee to drive in a specific Clean Air Zone.

What if my vehicle is not compliant?

Most vehicles are ULEZ or CAZ compliant however if your is not you will have t pay the daily fee to drive in these areas. The fine for missing payments is steep so make sure to pay them in time.

If you regularly drive in these areas and do not have a compliant car it is worth changing your vehicle for an emissions compliant car to avoid making regular payments.

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