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How to pay for journeys or log an exempt journey in Bath’s Clean Air Zone

From 15 March 2021 you may need to pay a charge to drive a vehicle in Bath's Clean Air Zone if it doesn't meet Bath’s emission standards. This includes non-UK registered vehicles. 

Warning It is up to you to pay the charge or log exempt journeys. You will not receive a reminder. If you fail to pay for, or log a journey within 7 days of your trip, you will receive a penalty charge notice

Check if you will be charged to drive in Bath's Clean Air Zone

Times that charges apply

Charges will apply 24 hours a day (midnight to midnight), 7 days a week, 365 days a year when entering or driving in Bath’s Clean Air Zone. 

If you drive in the zone across two days, for example before midnight and after midnight, you will need to pay two daily charges.

Charges do not apply if a vehicle is parked in the zone, but does not move.

How to pay for journeys

Once Bath’s Clean Air Zone is launched on 15 March 2021, you can pay for journeys in the zone using GOV.UK’s Central Clean Air Zone Service either online at www.gov.uk/cleanairzone or by telephone on 0300 029 888 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 4.30pm).

You will need to pay for each trip individually on a 'pay as you go' basis unless you register with GOV.UK for a fleet user's business account; registration will open in November 2020. Using a fleet user's business account will enable you to pay for the following:

  • A single vehicle trip
  • Trips by multiple vehicles
  • Or multiple trips.

Some vehicles are nationally exempt, and drivers of these vehicles do not need to do anything in preparation for Clean Air Zone charging. We recommend you check if you will be charged to drive in Bath's Clean Air Zone.

How to pay for a discounted journey

If your vehicle is registered for a local discount in Bath's Clean Air Zone, you must pay for every journey into the Clean Air Zone using the council’s MiPermit service. 

Currently the only vehicles eligible for discounts are private heavy goods vehicles (PHGVs) for example, larger motorhomes and horse transporters.  

Check if your vehicle is eligible for an exemption or discount

Managing exempt journeys which require you to log each journey

If your vehicle is registered for a local exemption in Bath’s Clean Air Zone that requires you to log every journey you make in the zone, you must do this using Mi-Permit

How you can use MiPermit

Use the MiPermit smartphone app

To manage exempt or reduced rate journeys, download MiPermit for Android  or MiPermit for iOS to your phone. You can then create an account, register your vehicle and manage your exemptions and discounted trips. If you’re not eligible for local exemptions/discounts, please pay for journeys in the zone at www.gov.uk/cleanairzone.

Use the MiPermit website

You can use the MiPermit website to register your exemption or discount, log your exempt journey or pay for your discounted journey every time you plan to drive into Bath's Clean Air Zone. If you’re not eligible for local exemptions/discounts, please pay for journeys in the zone at www.gov.uk/cleanairzone.

The payment 'window'

You will need to pay for your journey or log an exempt journey within 7 days of the time you travel. This can be up to 6 days in advance of your journey, on the day the vehicle is driven in the zone, or in the following 6 days. The payment window is 13 days. 

How to get a refund

Refunds will only be available if you have paid for your journey in advance, but then choose not to enter the zone on that day. In this case, you will be able to apply for a refund before the journey date specified.