Sheffield Clean Air Zone

Sheffield Clean Air Zone

Sheffield’s clean air zone will go-live from Monday 27 February 2023.

This is a class C chargeable zone for the most polluting heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), light goods vehicles (LGVs), vans, buses, coaches and taxi’s that drive within the inner ring road and city centre.

Private cars and motorbikes will not be charged.

If you or your business is based in Sheffield or Rotherham and runs LGVs then you could be eligible to apply for a temporary exemption until 5 June 2023. If you own a Hackney Carriage taxi licensed with Sheffield City Council you will not be charged until 5 June 2023 – the exemption will be set up automatically.

 

Clean Air Zone signs

Where is the Clean Air Zone

The Clean Air Zone covers the inner ring road and city centre. From late August signs will start to appear indicating where the Clean Air Zone will operate. Look out initially for the temporary red CAZ awareness signs and then later for the green cloud Class C symbol.

Check if my vehicle will be charged

We are not charging private cars or motorbikes.

If you or your business is based in Sheffield or Rotherham and runs LGVs then you could be eligible to apply for a temporary exemption until 5 June 2023. If you own a Hackney Carriage taxi licensed with Sheffield City Council you will not be charged until 5 June 2023 – the exemption will be set up automatically.

In a Class C Clean Air Zone charges apply to specific types of vehicles that do not meet the minimum standards. These are:

  • taxis, including both Hackney Carriages and private hire vehicles, which are below Euro 6 Diesel or Euro 4 Petrol
  • light goods vehicles (LGVS) such as vans, campervans and pickup trucks and minibuses which are below Euro 6 Diesel or Euro 4 Petrol
  • buses and coaches which are below Euro 6 Diesel
  • heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) which are below Euro 6 Diesel

You can check if your vehicle meets Sheffield's Clean Air Zone standards via the the government vehicle checker.

White van with Clean Air Sheffield branding
Someone charging an electric car

Support available to upgrade my vehicle

Financial support available to replace or upgrade vehicles from Monday 12 December 2022.

Support for non-compliant Commercial and Tendered Buses is being provided through an application process being undertaken directly with eligible Bus Operators. Applications related to support for buses should not be submitted via the online application form.

Thinking of upgrading?

Eligible businesses and residents may be able to apply for financial support to upgrade to cleaner vehicles. Financial support is available in the form of a grant, an interest subsidised loan or a mix of the two.

Already bought a cleaner vehicle?

If you replaced a polluting vehicle after 26 October 2021 you may also be eligible for a retrospective grant.  This would cover a proportion of what you paid for the new cleaner vehicle.

Further details coming in the new year.

Vehicle exemptions

Some vehicles are exempt from paying Clean Air Zone charges. There are national and local exemptions.

National exemptions

These apply across all Clean Air Zones in the country and are set by the Government. They are automatically applied so all you need to do is check if your vehicle will be nationally exempt. You can view a list of these at GOV.UK:Clean air zones.

Local exemptions

These vary between each Clean Air Zone dependant on local circumstances. Other cities’ zones may not have the same kind of exemptions. We have consulted on these exemptions. These exemptions are managed by the council and need to be applied for.

If you or your business is based in Sheffield or Rotherham and runs LGVs then you could be eligible to apply for a temporary exemption until 5 June 2023. If you own a Hackney Carriage taxi licensed with Sheffield City Council you will not be charged until 5 June 2023 – the exemption will be set up automatically.

More information on the range of local exemptions will be launched on Monday 12 December 2022.

Charges and how to pay

The Clean Air Zone will not start until Monday 27 February 2023.
Charges do not apply until then.

If your vehicle does not meet the minimum standard, you will have to pay the charge for every day you enter the zone. This would be:

  • £10 per day for polluting vans/LGVs and Taxis
  • £50 per day for coaches, buses and lorries/HGVs

Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras will detect non-compliant vehicles entering the zone. This system is defined by the Governments CAZ Framework used for all clean air zones across the country.

Payments will need to be made online. If payments are not made within 7 days, additional penalty charges may apply. The funding from the zone can only be spent on the costs to run the zone, and projects to reducing air pollution in Sheffield.

A link to the payment portal will be available here once the clean air zone is live.

Sheffield city bus

Further information

Please email the team if you have any further enquiries.
Email: cleanair@sheffield.gov.uk 
Phone: 0114 273 4567