Portsmouth Clean Air Zone is a policy implemented by the local government in Portsmouth to reduce air pollution in the city. The aim of the clean air zone is to improve air quality by reducing emissions from the most polluting vehicles, such as heavy goods vehicles, buses, and taxis.
To achieve this goal, vehicles entering the clean air zone will have to meet certain emission standards. Vehicles that don’t meet the standards will be charged a fee to enter the zone. The fees collected from these charges will be used to fund further measures to improve air quality in the city, such as supporting the transition to electric vehicles.
Introduction of Portsmouth’s clean air zone
The implementation of a clean air zone in Portsmouth is part of a larger effort by the UK government to improve air quality and address the issue of air pollution, which has been linked to a range of health problems, including respiratory problems, heart disease, and stroke.
Portsmouth clean air zone charges
The following vehicles are subject to the CAZ charges in Portsmouth:
- Heavy goods vehicles (HGVs)
- Buses and coaches
- Taxis and private hire vehicles
The exact amount of the charge depends on the type of vehicle and its emissions. For example, HGVs, Buses and coaches that do not meet the Euro VI emission standard will be charged £50 per day.
Taxis and private hire vehicles will be charged £10 per day if they do not meet the emission standard.
The clean air zone is clearly marked and the charges are enforced using automatic number plate recognition technology.
The revenues generated from the CAZ charges will be used to fund further measures to improve air quality in Portsmouth, such as supporting the transition to electric vehicles and improving public transportation.
Fines for not paying charges
The fine for violating the Portsmouth Clean Air Zone (CAZ) policy by driving a vehicle that does not meet the emission standards and entering the CAZ without paying the charge (within the specified 12 day period) is £120. This fine can be reduced to £60 if paid within 14 days.
Exemption of the clean air zone charge
There are certain vehicles that are exempt from the Portsmouth Clean Air Zone (CAZ) charges, meaning they are not required to pay the fee to enter the clean air zone even if they do not meet the emission standards.
The following vehicles are exempt from the CAZ charges:
- Passenger cars
- Emergency vehicles, such as fire trucks, police cars, and ambulances
- Military vehicles
- Vehicles registered with a disabled person’s blue badge
- Vehicles that are too old to be required to meet the emission standards (typically vehicles registered before the year 2000)
In addition to these exemptions, there may also be other circumstances under which a vehicle is exempt from the CAZ charges. For example, some low-emission vehicles, such as electric vehicles and certain hybrids are exempt.
Portsmouth clean air zone map
Portsmouth clean air zone does not just cover the immediate city centre, but also surround areas such as Somers Town and Landport. The signage across the city is pretty clear, telling you when these boundaries start and end or you can look at a visual of the map before you travel.
Portsmouth clean air zone times
The Portsmouth Clean Air Zone (CAZ) operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This means that the emission standards and the associated charges apply at all times, regardless of the day of the week or the time of day.
How to pay clean air zone charges
The Portsmouth Clean Air Zone (CAZ) charge can be paid in several ways, including online and by phone.
To pay the CAZ charge online, you can visit the Portsmouth City Council’s website and follow the instructions to pay the charge using a credit or debit card. You will need to provide the vehicle registration number and some personal details.
If you prefer to pay by phone, you can call the Portsmouth City Council’s CAZ payment line and make a payment using a credit or debit card. The phone number for the payment line can be found on the Portsmouth City Council’s website.
It is important to pay the CAZ charge as soon as possible after entering the clean air zone to avoid incurring a fine. If you receive a fine for not paying the CAZ charge, you will have 14 days to pay the reduced fine of £60, or the full fine of £120 if you choose to pay after 14 days.