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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 further action.

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. Until your exemption is approved, you must pay the charge at www.gov.uk/cleanairzone within the payment window. 

Local exemptions and discounts will be applied for, paid for, and managed using MiPermit.

For example, after your application for a discount has been approved you must pay the charge using the MiPermit app or website. The discount will not be applied if you pay at www.gov.uk/cleanairzone. If your exemption requires you to log your day’s travel for the fee to be waived, you must also do this using MiPermit. 

You can pay the discount - or log exempt travel - up to 6 days before your journey, on the day of travel or in the following 6 days. 

Applications for local exemptions and discounts open in early 2021 and you will need to supply evidence, including your V5C document. Meanwhile, please express your interest using the form at the bottom of the page. 

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 your day’s travel in the zone, using MiPermit for the charge to be waived. This can be done within the payment window.

The exemption 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 your day's travel in the zone using MiPermit for the charge to be waived. This can be done within the normal payment window.

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

This exemption applies to Euro 4 and 5 diesel vehicles driven by blue badge holders and Euro 4 and 5 diesel vehicles used for transporting a blue badge holder for the day(s) that the badge holder is being transported. This exemption excludes the following types of vehicle, even if they have adaptations for disabled use:

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

The blue badge holder can apply to exempt up to two vehicles (e.g. vehicles that they own and/or are regularly transported in). Once these vehicles are registered with the council, it remains the badge holder’s responsibility to log each day that they travel in the zone for the fee to be waived. This applies even if the registered vehicle is owned by someone else. 

You can log a days’ travel using MiPermit 6 days before your journey, on the day of travel or in the following 6 days.

Vehicles registered to transport blue badge holders are not exempt in the zone unless they are transporting the badge holder at some point during the day.

If they are not transporting a blue badge holder at any point during the day, it is up to the owner of the vehicle to pay the normal CAZ charge at www.gov.uk/cleanairzone within seven days. 

The exemption will be valid for up to two years from the launch of the zone and the blue badge holder will need to validate their 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.

Where the vehicle is not owned by the provider (e.g. the application is made by an employee using their own vehicle for work), the application must be supported by a letter from the provider outlining the nature of the outreach work, the vehicle registration and what days it is used for work in the zone.  

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, each day of travel in the zone must be logged for the charge to be waived. Owners should only log travel when the vehicle is being used for work on that day. This can be done up to 6 days in advance, on the day of travel or in the following 6 days, using MiPermit. 

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)

If you apply for a grant and/or interest free finance to upgrade a non-compliant vehicle and the application is accepted, then you can apply for a limited exemption on your current vehicle until you take delivery of your new compliant vehicle (or for up to two years from the launch of the zone, whichever is sooner). This will apply irrespective of the euro class of the existing vehicle. Once registered, you do not need to do anything else to activate your exemption.

Upgrading to electric vehicle (vehicle on order)

This exemption applies to any non-compliant, chargeable vehicle until the expected delivery date of a fully electric replacement vehicle (or for up to two years from the launch of the zone, whichever is sooner). Once registered, you do not need to do anything else. 

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 day of travel in the zone using MiPermit for the charge to be waived. This can be done up to 6 days in advance, on the day of travel, or in the following 6 days.

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. 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.