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

National and local exemptions are available to support vital services, owners of hard-to-replace vehicles and vulnerable groups and vehicle upgrades. 

You do not need to apply for an exemption in Bath’s Clean Air Zone if your vehicle meets required emission 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.
 

Apply for a local exemption or discount

Local exemptions and discounts just apply to Bath's Clean Air Zone. These are applied for and managed using our MiPermit service

For example, once you have successfully registered for your exemption and you want to pay for a discounted journey or log an exempt journey for the fee to be waived, you must do this using MiPermit. 

Your local exemption or discount will not be applied at GOV.UK. 

You can pay the discounted charge or log exempt travel at MiPermit within the normal payment window, which is up to 6 days in advance, on the day the vehicle is driven in the zone, or in the following 6 days. 

Warning Applications can take up to 14 days to be approved. Until then, you must pay the charge within 6 days of driving in the zone at GOV.UK.

Read more about how to pay, and how to manage your discount or exemption

When you make an application, you will need to upload evidence, including your V5C document. 

Select the correct exemption or discount below for more information, including what documents you will need to upload, if you apply online.

Discounts for larger motorhomes and horse transporters that are PHGVs

Drivers of higher emission larger motorhomes and horse transporters that are classed as PHGV and are not being used commercially for hire or reward, can pay a discounted daily charge of £9 (rather than the standard £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.

Evidence required

When you apply, you will need to upload the following evidence:

  • V5 certificate
  • Photos of the front, back, sides and inside rear of the vehicle

This will need to be a digital file, or a photograph, scan or screenshot of the original document.

Apply online

Exemption for motorcaravans classed M1 on a V5C

M1 Motorcaravans

This exemption applies to any motorcaravan with vehicle category ‘M1’ on a V5 certificate. The exemption does not apply to vehicles - motorcaravan or otherwise - in any other vehicle category or where the vehicle category is blank on a V5C.

Once registered with the council, you do not need to do anything else to activate your exemption. The exemption lasts for 4 years, but you will need to renew your details with us each year.

Evidence required

When you apply you will need to upload the following evidence:

  • V5 certificate
  • Photos of the front, back, sides and inside of the vehicle
This will need to be a digital file, or a photograph, scan or screenshot of the original document.

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) that are not nationally exempt. 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 vehicles’ or ‘special type 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.

Evidence required

For all these categories of vehicle, you will need to upload the following evidence:

  • V5 certificate
  • Photos of the front, back, and sides of the vehicle

This will need to be a digital file, or a photograph, scan or screenshot of the original document.

Apply online

Exemptions to support health and emergency services

Health service vehicles

Higher emission health service vehicles that are exempt from vehicle road tax are also exempt from charges. 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.

Evidence required

When you apply you will need to upload the following evidence:

  • V5 certificate
  • Photos of the front, back, and sides of the vehicle

This will need to be a digital file, or a photograph, scan or screenshot of the original document.

Emergency service vehicles

Higher emission emergency service vehicles such as police, fire, and ambulance vehicles that are exempt from road tax are also 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.

Evidence required

When you apply you will need to upload the following evidence:

  • V5 certificate
  • Photos of the front, back, and sides of the vehicle

This will need to be a digital file, or a photograph, scan or screenshot of the original document.

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.

Evidence required

When you apply you will need to upload the following evidence:

  • V5 certificate
  • Request from the relevant emergency service on headed paper

This will need to be a digital file, or a photograph, scan or screenshot of the original document.

Apply online

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. All exemptions for wheelchair accessible taxis and PHVs will expire on 15 March 2023 (two years from the launch of the zone).

You must validate your details with us each year or on the date that your taxi license expires and you receive a new license (whichever is sooner). Your exemption will automatically expire after 14 days if an application with your new license is not received in time.

Evidence required

When you apply you will need to upload the following evidence:

  • V5 certificate
  • Your taxi vehicle licence

This will need to be a digital file, or a photograph, scan or screenshot of the original document.

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.

All exemptions for community transport vehicles will expire on 15 March 2023 (two years from the launch of the zone). You must validate your details with us each year or on the date that your community transport permit expires and you receive a new permit (whichever is sooner). Your exemption will automatically expire after 14 days if an application with your new permit is not received in time.

Evidence required

When you apply you will need to upload the following evidence:

  • V5 certificate
  • Your Community Transport Permit

This will need to be a digital file, or a photograph, scan or screenshot of the original document.

Blue Badge holders

A Euro 4 or 5 diesel vehicle is exempt from CAZ charges, on a day that it is being driven by a Blue Badge holder, or is being used to transport a Blue Badge holder. This exemption excludes the following types of vehicle, even if they have adaptations for disabled use:

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

If you are a Blue Badge holder, you can apply to exempt up to two vehicles (to cover vehicles that you own, or are regularly transported in). Once these vehicles are registered with the council you, as the Blue Badge holder, are responsible for logging in each day that you travel in the zone, for the charge to be waived. This applies even if the registered vehicle is owned by someone else.

You can log a day's travel using MiPermit within the normal payment window.

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 CAZ charge at www.gov.uk/cleanairzone within 7 days.

All exemptions for Blue Badge holders will expire on 15 March 2023 (two years from the launch of the zone). You must validate your details with us each year, or on the date that your Blue Badge permit expires and you receive a new badge (whichever is sooner). Your exemption will automatically expire after 14 days, if an application with your new permit is not received in time.

Evidence required

When you apply you will need to upload the following evidence:

  • V5 certificate
  • Blue Badge Permit

This will need to be a digital file, or a photograph, scan or screenshot of the original document.

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 service provider (meaning an employee is using their own vehicle for work), the application must be supported by a letter from the provider, describing 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 the following professionals:

  • 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 on days when the vehicle is being used for work. This can be done using MiPermit within the normal payment window.

All exemptions for community workers will expire on 15 March 2023 (two years from the launch of the zone). You must validate your details with us each year, or on the date that your current employment contract expires and you receive a new contract (whichever is sooner). Your exemption will automatically expire after 14 days, if an application with your new employment contract is not received in time.

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

Evidence required

When you apply, you will need to upload the following evidence:

  • V5 certificate
  • Request from your client or employer on headed paper

This will need to be a digital file, or a photograph, scan or screenshot of the original document.

Apply online

Exemptions to support vehicle upgrades

Upgrading with B&NES finance scheme (exemption while vehicle is 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. This exemption will apply 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.

You should only apply for this exemption when you have your replacement vehicle on order under the terms of our Financial Assistance Scheme and an estimated delivery date.

Evidence required

When you apply you will need to upload the following evidence:

  • V5 certificate
  • Proof of purchase of replacement vehicle (order form, invoice and purchase order) including evidence of an estimated delivery date
  • Finance approval letter/email from one of the financial assistance scheme administrators

This will need to be a digital file, or a photograph, scan or screenshot of the original document.

Upgrading to a compliant vehicle outside of B&NES financial assistance scheme (exemption while vehicle is on order)

This exemption applies to any non-compliant, chargeable vehicle if you have committed to buying a compliant, replacement vehicle without financial assistance from us.

The exemption applies until the vehicle’s expected delivery date, 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.

You can apply for this scheme when you have proof of order on your replacement vehicle and an estimated delivery date.

Evidence required

When you apply you will need to upload the following evidence:

  • V5 certificate
  • Proof of purchase (order form, invoice and purchase order) including evidence of an estimated delivery date

This will need to be a digital file, or a photograph, scan or screenshot of the original document.

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 using MiPermit 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. You may be able to reapply to the scheme during this time.

You should only apply for this exemption when you have received a formal letter of decline from our finance providers, and have talked to a CAZ team member. If you haven't spoken to one of the team yet, then contact us by emailing CAZ_info@bathnes.gov.uk or calling 01225 39 61 89.

Evidence required

When you apply you will need to upload the following evidence:

  • V5 certificate
  • Decline letter from one of our finance providers

This will need to be a digital file, or a photograph, scan or screenshot of the original document.

Apply 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.