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Get an exemption or discount in Bath’s Clean Air Zone

You do not need to apply for an exemption in Bath’s Clean Air Zone if your vehicle is compliant (i.e. it meets Bath's minimum emissions standards) or if it is a private car or motorbike.

National exemptions

You can check whether your vehicle is nationally exempt on the GOV.UK website. If your vehicle is eligible for a national exemption, you can drive freely in any clean air zone in England without having to do anything.

Local exemptions and discounts

You can find information below about local exemptions and discounts for Bath's Clean Air Zone. 

Vehicles that are eligible for a local exemption or discount in Bath must be registered with Bath & NE Somerset Council before the zone is launched, or at least 14 days ahead of your journey in the zone. 

Local exemptions and discounts will be managed using Mi-Permit.

After registering, you may be free to drive in the zone without further action. However, you may be required to log each journey you make in the zone for the discount to apply or for the fee to be waived. This can be done within the normal payment window.

Applications for local exemptions and discounts open from November 2020 and you will need to supply evidence, including your V5C document.  

Warning Local exemptions and discounts only apply in Bath’s Clean Air Zone, and you may be charged in other clean air zones.

Expand the exemptions and discounts below to find out more about each.

Discounts for PHGVs (larger motorhomes and horse transporters)

Drivers of all higher emission PHGVs (larger motorhomes and horse transporters) can pay a daily charge of £9 rather than £100 in Bath’s CAZ. Once registered with the council, you must pay for each journey using MiPermit. There is no expiry for this discount, but you will need to renew your details with us each year.

Exemptions for hard-to-replace vehicles

Agricultural or similar vehicles

This exemption applies to higher emission non-road going vehicles, such as tractors, gritters, snow ploughs, mowing machines, and steam powered vehicles on a case by case basis. Once registered with the council, you do not need to do anything else to activate your exemption. There is no expiry, but you will need to renew your details with us each year.

Showman’s vehicles

Higher emission vehicles classed as ‘showman’s vehicles’ for road tax purposes are exempt from charges. Once registered, you do not need to do anything else to activate your exemption. It applies for up to four years from the launch of the zone, but you will need to renew your details with us each year.

General haulage vehicles

Higher emission vehicles classed as ‘general haulage vehicles’ for road tax purposes are exempt from charges. Once registered, you do not need to do anything else to activate your exemption. It applies for up to four years from the launch of the zone, but you will need to renew your details with us each year.

Recovery vehicles

Higher emission vehicles classed as 'recovery vehicles' for road tax purposes are exempt from charges. Once registered, you do not need to do anything else to activate your exemption. It applies for up to four years from the launch of the zone, but you will need to renew your details with us each year.

Special vehicles

Higher emission vehicles classed as ‘special vehicle’ or ‘special type vehicle’ for road tax purposes are exempt from charges. Once registered, you do not need to do anything else to activate your exemption. It applies for up to four years from the launch of the zone, but you will need to renew your details with us each year.

Exemptions to support health and emergency services

Health service vehicles

Higher emission health service vehicles that are exempt from vehicle road tax may be exempt from charges. We will make a decision on your vehicle's eligibility on a case-by-case basis. Once registered with the council, you do not need to do anything else to activate your exemption. There is no expiry but you will need to renew your details with us each year.

Emergency service vehicles

Higher emission emergency service vehicles such as police, fire, and ambulance vehicles are exempt from charges. Once registered, you do not need to do anything else to activate your exemption. It applies for up to four years from the launch of the zone and you will need to renew your details with us each year.

Volunteer vehicles supporting the emergency services

Higher emission vehicles used by voluntary organisations in support of emergency services may be exempt from charges. Once registered, you must log each journey using our MiPermit app for the charge to be waived. It applies for up to four years from the launch of the zone and you will need to renew your details with us each year.

Exemptions to support vulnerable groups in the community

Wheelchair accessible taxis and private hire vehicles

This exemption applies to Euro 4 and 5 diesel wheelchair-accessible taxis and private hire vehicles, not otherwise exempt as disabled passenger or disabled vehicle tax class vehicles. Once registered with the council, you do not need to do anything else to activate your exemption. It applies for up to two years from the launch of the zone and you will need to renew your details with us each year.

Community transport

This exemption applies to Euro 4 and 5 diesel vehicles with a valid community transport permit, not otherwise exempt as disabled passenger or disabled vehicle tax class vehicles. Once registered with the council, you must log each journey using MiPermit for the charge to be waived. The exemption applies for up to two years from the launch of the zone and you will need to renew your details with us each year.

Blue badge holders

Higher emission private vehicles for blue badge holders may be exempt from charges. It excludes the following types of vehicle, even if they have adaptations for disabled use:

  • Taxis
  • Private hire vehicles
  • Minibuses
  • Buses
  • Coaches
  • HGVs

Once registered, you must log each journey using the MiPermit app for the charge to be waived. This exemption will be valid for up to two years from the launch of the zone, but you will need to renew your details with us each year.

Community health, education and social care workers

This exemption applies to Euro 4 and 5 diesel vehicles used by community-based education, health or social care providers for work purposes in the zone. 

These providers employ education, health and social care practitioners including practice and district nurses, health visitors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, podiatrists and other specialist therapists and service professionals who could be using their own vehicles for work.

The vehicles must be registered by the organisation. Education, health, or social care providers include:

  • Local GP practices
  • Local NHS trusts or NHS foundation trusts or care trusts
  • Private sector education, health or social care providers commissioned or contracted locally by NHS England, the NHS Clinical Commissioning Group or the council (for example, Virgin Care)
  • B&NES or a neighbouring council's teams working on education, health and social care 
  • Any other local agency with community-based education, health or social care responsibilities, such as a domiciliary care agency or voluntary sector organisation

Once registered, you must log each journey using the MiPermit app for the charge to be waived. This exemption will be valid for up to two years from launch of the zone and you will need to renew your details with us each year.

Organisations and vehicles which are excluded from this exemption

The organisations and vehicle types below are excluded from this exemption:

  • Mainstream primary or secondary schools
  • Taxis
  • Private hire vehicles
  • Minibuses
  • Buses
  • Coaches
  • HGVs

Exemptions to support vehicle upgrades

Upgrading with B&NES finance scheme exemption (vehicle on order)

Once we have accepted your application for the financial assistance scheme to replace any euro 4 or 5 diesel vehicles, you can apply to exempt this vehicle from charges. The exemption applies until the expected delivery date of the replacement vehicle, or two years from the launch of the zone, whichever is sooner. Once registered, you do not need to do anything else to activate your exemption, but you will need to renew your details with us each year.

Upgrading to electric vehicle (vehicle on order)

This exemption applies to Euro 4 and 5 diesel vehicles until the expected delivery date of a fully electric replacement vehicle or two years from the zone’s launch, whichever is sooner. Once registered, you do not need to do anything else. You will need to renew your details with us each year.

Exemption under the terms of the financial assistance scheme

You can apply to exempt Euro 4 and 5 diesel vehicles if you are eligible for the financial assistance scheme, but you have failed the affordability checks with our financial providers. Once the exemption is registered with the council, you must log each journey using MiPermit for the charge to be waived. It applies for up to two years from the launch of the zone and you will need to renew your details with us each year. You may be able to reapply to the scheme during this time.

Register your interest for a discount or exemption online

Warning These local exemptions and discounts only apply in Bath's Clean Air Zone. You may still be charged to drive in clean air zones in other parts of the UK.