Clean Air Zone charges apply to taxis, buses, coaches and goods vehicles (like HGVs and LGVs) that do not meet Euro 6 Diesel or Euro 4 Petrol standard.

For drivers that will pay charges to enter the Clean Air Zone, support will be available in the form of loans or grants towards the cost of upgrading or retrofitting a vehicle.

A maximum pot of £20 million is available to fund all the support measures proposed. Vehicle owners and operators apply to us for grants or loans. We will make information on the application process public in Spring 2022 once final proposals for financial support are confirmed.

Once all funding has been spent no further financial support will be available. Affected owners and operators should consider applying as soon as the grants and loans are made available.

Who could apply for a grant or loan

If your vehicle is non-compliant and you will use it regularly in Sheffield’s Clean Air Zone, financial support will be available to help convert or replace your vehicle. You must operate a vehicle which is roadworthy and has a valid MOT certificate.

Additionally:

  • if you operate a fleet of vehicles there will be a limit on the number of financial support packages you can apply for
  • you can only apply for one financial support package per vehicle
  • subsidy control regulations will need to be complied with, along with the legal terms from the government for the use of the funding

Eligible vehicles

We're proposing to make the following grants and loans available:

Large vehicles

If you own a large vehicle, a lump sum grant of up to £16,000 per vehicle towards a replacement vehicle or a Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme (CVRAS) accredited retrofit of a current vehicle will be available. Replacement vehicles can be new or used.

Large vehicles include scheduled buses, non-scheduled buses, coaches, heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) and minibuses over 3.5 tonnes.

Private hire vehicles

If you own a non-compliant private hire vehicle registered with Sheffield City Council or Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council you could apply for one of:

  • a grant of up to £3,000 to help you upgrade to an electric or zero-emissions capable (ZEC) car, paid in 2 instalments over a year. This will be paid only after you have bought a new vehicle
  • a lump sum grant between £1,000 to £1,500 for upgrading to a compliant Euro 6 Diesel or hybrid vehicle
  • a loan to cover the interest charge of replacing your vehicle with a compliant new or used vehicle

The replacement vehicle must meet private hire vehicle licensing requirements.

Hackney carriages

If you own a hackney carriage licensed with us, you could apply for one of:

  • an interest free loan to cover the cost of replacing your vehicle with a compliant new or used hackney carriage
  • a grant up to £10,000 to support an upgrade to an electric or zero emissions capable (ZEC) model, paid in 2 instalments over a year. This will be paid only after you buy a new vehicle
  • a lump sum grant up to £5,000 to upgrade to a compliant vehicle
  • a retrofit grant up to £4,000 to upgrade your taxi to a compliant standard. Only available for CVRAS-accredited retrofits that meet Clean Air Zone standards
  • a lump sum grant up to £4,000 in exchange for de-licensing a non-compliant hackney carriage. You can keep your taxi, but it cannot be licensed in Sheffield again

The replacement vehicle must meet the hackney carriage licensing standards set by us.

Vans (Light Goods Vehicles) and minibuses

If you own a Light Goods Vehicle (LGV) or minibus you could apply for one of:

  • an interest free loan to cover the cost of a compliant replacement
  • a grant of up to £3,500 to help you upgrade to an electric or zero emissions capable (ZEC) vehicle, paid in 2 instalments over a year. This will only be paid after you buy a new vehicle
  • a lump sum grant up to £1,000 payable for upgrading to a compliant standard vehicle
  • a lump sum grant up to £16,000 to replace or retrofit a minibus over 3.5 tonnes. Replacements must be compliant with the zone. Retrofits must be CVRAS accredited

What is a ZEC (zero emissions capable) vehicle

ZEC vehicles are plug-in hybrids that have additional limits on the emissions they produce. To be classed as ZEC, a vehicle must:

  • emit no more than 50g/km CO2 and be capable of being operated with no (zero) exhaust emissions for a minimum range of 10 miles (16.093 km)
  • or emit no more than 75g/km CO2 exhaust emissions and be capable of being operated with no (zero) emissions for a minimum range of 20 miles (32.187 km)

Contact the Clean Air Team