Complete Guide To The Bradford Clean Air Zone (Updated for 2023)

The Bradford clean air zone (CAZ) was launched in spring 2022.

Highly polluting vehicles are charged daily to enter and drive through areas covered by the proposed Class C CAZ.

Our complete guide breaks down the Bradford clean air zone. We’ll cover everything from the zone’s map, charges, grants and sustainable alternatives.

Bradford clean air zone – 2023 update

Bradfords clean air zone was finally launched in 2022.  Businesses and local residents have made use of available exemptions.

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Check Your Vehicle For Bradford's CAZ

It’s important to check whether your vehicle is non-compliant in the Bradford clean air zone.

Vehicles that will be affected by the zone include:

  • Buses
  • Coaches
  • HGVs
  • LGVs
  • Minibuses
  • Hackney carriages
  • Private hire vehicles

Thankfully, you can check if your vehicle face daily charges below!

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Location And Map Of Bradford's Clean Air Zone

The clean air zone will run from and include areas across Bradford’s Outer Ring Road. The CAZ will also reach as far as the Aire Valley corridor.

Areas included in the zone are:

  • Manningham Lane
  • Bradford Road
  • Canal Road
  • Shipley
  • Saltaire

Bradford City Council has announced that the clean air zone could extend to the A650 Bingley Bypass which runs from Nab Wood.

The zone specifically covers Shipley, Saltair, and Canal Road to reduce the amount of harmful emissions produced in these key areas.

You can view the official map/location of Bradford’s clean air zone courtesy of Bradford Council. All rights are reserved by them.

Exemptions For The Bradford Clean Air Zone

Bradford City Council are entitled to award certain exemptions to those whose vehicles or circumstances may not be compatible with the clean air zone.

Following government guidelines, Bradford residents which fall under certain categories could be exempt from daily charges:

  • Blue Badge Holders (vehicle must be registered with Bradford City Council).
  • Military and emergency vehicles.
  • Historic vehicles that are over 40 years old.
  • Disabled Tax Class Vehicles.
  • Recovery vehicles.
  • School buses.

There are also national and local exemptions from the Bradford clean air zone charges.

Theses exemptions provide support from the council, create better transport alternatives and offer a sustainable approach to travel across the Bradford clean air zone.

Have a query on Bradford’s CAZ? Contact DVLA’s support team for further information.

  • National Exemptions

    You could be entitled to a national exemption which allows you to drive through the UK in a vehicle which does not meet the current emission standards.

    Check if you’re eligible for national exemptions from CAZs online.

  • Local Exemptions
    • Bradford CAZ exemptions are available for:
    • Small and medium-sized businesses
    • Self-employed traders
    • Schools
    • Private owners of leisure vehicles
    • Charities registered within the Bradford Metropolitan District

    Local exemptions don’t apply to owners of private hire or hackney carriages. Businesses which exceed 250 staff won’t be exempt either.

Charges For The Bradford Clean Air Zone

It’s important to review the impact Bradford’s clean air zone will have on the environment and what it could mean for you.

An innovative approach to tackling pollution, the clean air initiative offers funding and grants to residents and small business owners who need more sustainable options over their current polluting vehicles.

The current charges outlined for non-compliant vehicles driving through Bradford’s clean air zone are as follows:

  • Private Petrol And Diesel Cars

    Medium-sized vehicles will be required to pay £9 to drive in the Bradford CAZ.

  • HGVs, Buses And Coaches

    Larger vehicles would be charged a daily fee of £50 to enter and drive across the Bradford clean air zone.

  • Taxis And Hackney Carriages

    A daily charge of £12.50 will be given to these non-compliant vehicles.

Available Grants And Funding In The Bradford CAZ

#BreatheBetterBradford is an initiative by Bradford City Council which aims to support residents and businesses with the running costs of electric vehicles and other sustainable options for transport.

These grants will be made available to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), self-employed/sole traders, charities and educational establishments across the Bradford Metropolitan.

Bradford clean air zone grants fall under 3 main categories. These are:

  • Vehicle Replacement
  • Retrofit Existing Vehicle
  • Electric Vehicle Running Costs

You can register for grant schemes and exemptions through an interest form.

Further details have yet to be announced on available funding schemes for the Bradford CAZ.

Once you’ve registered your interest, you’ll be contacted at a later date by a representative who will explain the full terms and conditions of any schemes you’re eligible for.

2023 Bradford Clean Air Zone Grants

The grant application is open to SMEs, sole traders, education establishments, and registered charities in the Bradford Metropolitan District for the replacement or retrofit of non-compliant vehicles to meet clean air zone standards and ongoing costs of electric vehicles.

Grants are not available for businesses with more than 250 staff.

Check out the Clean Air Taxi Fund Programme, Clean Air LGV and Minibus Fund Programme, and Clean Air HDV Fund Programme for open schemes with funding.

Remove Your Polluting Car From Bradford's CAZ

Driving polluting vehicles through Bradford is no longer a viable option for residents and small businesses due to the CAZ.

Thankfully, Scrap Local works with trusted, local recyclers who can provide a hassle-free vehicle recycling service across Bradford.

Offering great prices on non-compliant cars, we help motorists to move one step closer to a better, more sustainable approach to transport across Bradford and West Yorkshire.

Support the local and circular economy of recycling by ditching your old set of wheels today!

Question To Ask About The Bradford Clean Air Zone
  • When will the Bradford Clean Air Zone start?

    The Bradford clean air zone was due to launch in January 2022.

    This has currently been pushed back to Spring 2022.

    The Class C zone will run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    Drivers of non-compliant vehicles will be charged on a daily basis to enter the zone.

  • Which cars are affected by the Bradford Clean Air Zone?

    Certain vehicles will be charged for driving through the Bradford clean air zone. These include:

    • Private hire vehicles
    • HGVs, coaches and buses
    • Taxis and hackney carriages.
  • Where does the Bradford Clean Air Zone start and end?

    The CAZ will include areas across the Bradford Outer Ring Road and will reach as far as the Aire Valley corridor. Key areas include:

    • Manningham Lane
    • Bradford Road
    • Canal Road area
    • Shipley
    • Saltaire

    The clean air zone will also extend to the A650 Bingley Bypass which runs from Nab Wood.

  • What CAZ Funding is available for residents and business owners in Bradford?

    Bradford Metropolitan Council has received over £10 million in funding to support over 2,300 vehicle grants.

    Grants are mainly available for residents and business owners who are looking to:

    • Upgrade non-compliant LGVs and minibuses to clean air zone standards.
    • Purchase a CAZ compliant vehicle.
    • Cover the costs of running an electric vehicle (where leased or owners for at least 2 years)

    Find out more on any available Bradford clean air zone grants online.

  • What do I do with my non-compliant car in Bradford's clean air zone?

    Many motorists from Bradford understand the negative impact polluting vehicles have on the environment.

    Thankfully, Scrap Local supports the transition to greener, more sustainable methods of transport and are proud to offer an award-winning vehicle recycling service.

    We remove cars across Bradford and our free collection service offers a no-hassle approach to vehicle removal.

    Scrap your car in Bradford and receive a genuine quote with no hidden admin fees.

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