Bath Clean Air Zone

The clean air zone was introduced across Bath back in early 2021, which now means that those who choose to drive in and out of Bath city centre may be subject to charges, depending what type of vehicle you drive.

Introduction of Bath’s clean air zone

The Bath Clean Air Zone is a traffic management scheme designed to improve air quality in the city of Bath, UK. The zone is part of the UK government’s strategy to reduce nitrogen dioxide levels in the air and bring them within legal limits.

Currently, as of 2024, cars and motorcycles are not liable for charges when driving in and around Bath city, however coaches, buses, lorries, taxis, private hire vehicles, minibuses, vans and motorhomes are all liable.

We recommend you check the clean air zone charges at the time you are due to visit in case this information changes.

Bath clean air zone charges

Charges for driving in the clean air zone across Bath range anywhere from £9 per day, for smaller vehicles such as taxis, right through to £100 per day for larger vehicles such as lorries and trucks.

The charges for non-compliant vehicles in the Bath Clean Air Zone are as follows:

  1. Non-compliant taxis, minibuses and vans are subject to a daily charge of £9.
  2. Non-compliant buses, coaches, and heavy goods vehicles are subject to a daily charge of £100.

The charges apply to vehicles that do not meet the minimum emissions standards set by the government, specifically the Euro 6 diesel and Euro 4 petrol standards. Vehicles that meet the required emissions standards are not subject to the charges.

Fines for not paying charges

If you drive a non-compliant vehicle in the Bath Clean Air Zone and do not pay the daily charge or meet the exemption criteria, you may be subject to a penalty charge notice (PCN). The PCN fine for non-payment of the daily charge is £120, which is reduced to £60 if paid within 14 days.

To avoid receiving a PCN, it is important to ensure that your vehicle meets the minimum emissions standards set by the government or pay the daily charge if your vehicle is non-compliant. You should also make sure to pay the daily charge by midnight on the day after your journey in the Bath Clean Air Zone to avoid any penalties or fines.

Exemption of the clean air zone charge

Some clean air zone restrictions across the UK cover all types of vehicles (except electric vehicles), however Bath does offer some exceptions, including:

  • Passenger cars
  • Motorcycles
  • Electric vehicles
  • Blue Badge holders
  • Community transport
  • Wheelchair accessible taxis/private hire vehicles

There are exemptions and discounts available for certain types of vehicles, including emergency vehicles, military vehicles, and historic vehicles. There are also exemptions and discounts available for residents and businesses that meet certain criteria.

Discounts for certain vehicles

If your vehicle is not exempt from the clean air zone charges across Bath, you may be able to apply for a discount, depending on the type of vehicle you own.

You can apply to the council for discounts on the daily charges, providing you submit your V5 certificate and photos of the vehicle. Discounts are available on horse transporters and motorhomes, whereas exemptions may be given to recovery vehicles, health service vehicles, emergency service vehicles and haulage vehicles.

Bath clean air zone map

Bath’s clean air zone does not just cover the immediate city centre, but also surround areas such as Bathwick, Walcot and Kingsmead.

You can see the exact zone boundaries here.

Bath clean air zone times

The clean air zone across Bath runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and charges apply during these times.

How to pay clean air zone charges

You can pay any charges that are due online, making it easy and stress free. You can receive a fine for not paying the daily charges due, so it’s important to do this within the 7 day window after your visit. Alternatively, you can pay before you travel if you prefer.

Payment for the charges can be made online, by phone, or by mail. The Bath and North East Somerset Council website provides detailed information on how to pay the charges, including payment methods and how to set up an account for automatic payments.

Whilst we do recommend free parking spots in Bath, if you are concerned about the clean air zone, you can always use the Park & Ride service instead.