Clean Air Charging Zone

1. Overview

On 6 January 2020 we will be introducing the Clean Air Charging Zone (CAZ) to reduce air pollution and protect the health of everyone in Leeds.

Evidence shows that spending time in areas with high levels of air pollution can worsen symptoms of asthma, damage our lungs and reduce our life expectancy. Find out more about how air pollution affects our health.

The Clean Air Charging Zone will reduce air pollution in Leeds by encouraging businesses to transition to cleaner, less polluting vehicles that won’t be subject to charges. To help businesses do this, we are also offering a range of support packages for businesses based or primarily operating within the CAZ boundary.

No vehicle will be banned from driving in the Clean Air Zone. All heavy goods vehicles, buses, coaches, taxis and private hire vehicles that do not meet our emissions standards will have to pay a daily fee. Private vehicles or light goods vehicles will not be charged.

Unless we act now, the government has identified that some parts of Leeds are likely to fail legal limits for air pollution by 2020. Leeds City Council has been directed by the government to improve air quality within the shortest possible time.

The boundary for the zone is available to view on an interactive map:

Clean Air charging zone boundary map 

The road signs pictured below will be erected around the boundary so that drivers are aware when they are approaching, entering or exiting the zone.

Clean Air Charging Zone signs image

The zone will have minimal displacement of vehicles into other areas of the city. We are working closely with Highways England and across the council to ensure this.

For a technical definition of the CAZ boundary and the vehicles affected, please see the Transport Charging Order (PDF 41MB) External link.

Monitoring the zone

The CAZ will be constantly monitored using a network of purpose built cameras using automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) technology. Some of these cameras will be fixed in position and some will move around the city on a regular basis. The cameras will be active 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.

We have secured £6.3 million of government funding to cover the costs of these cameras and other infrastructure that is required for the operation of the zone.



Transport Charging Order with boundary plans Charging Order with boundary plans.pdf42564834pdf
Air Quality Annual Status Report 2018 Quality Annual Status Report 2018.pdf2897109pdf

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