To improve air quality in cities across the country, more and more localities are introducing controls in city centres. Called Ultra Low Emission Zones (ULEZ) or Clean Air Zones (CAZ), depending on the city they’re in, these areas have already started to be introduced with more on the way. To make things confusing, these areas all have different rules so whether you will be affected depends on what city you want to drive into.
So far, Clean Air Zones and Low Emission Zones have been introduced or are soon to be introduced in Birmingham, Bristol, London and Oxford. Additionally, more places are working out plans with the government to introduce their own and others already have plans that currently do not affect private cars but may in the future.
Find out more about these zones and whether your car will be affected below.
A Clean Air Zone, plus a separate diesel ban in a smaller area
Zero Emission Zone affecting just a few roads at the heart of the city centre, also called the red zone.
The Low Emission Zone will be coming later and, while less strict, will cover a larger area. Details are still to be confirmed but it is expected around 2021/22
Please note, this page is as accurate as possible at the time of creation (February 2020). All plans and details may change at a later date.