Vehicle Drivers

Clean Air Zone

Portsmouth has ongoing problems with poor air quality. Air pollution is a global health risk and is more harmful than passive smoking, so it’s important for us to act quickly to reduce air pollution in the shortest possible time.

The charging Clean Air Zone launched 29 November 2021. A daily charge will be issued to the most polluting vehicles for driving in the zone, these are referred to as ‘non-compliant’ vehicles.

For the Portsmouth charging CAZ, non-compliant vehicles are Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs), buses and coaches, taxis and private hire vehicles that:

Do not meet Euro 6 emissions standards (so are Euro 5 or older) if they are diesel.

Do not meet Euro 4 emissions standards (so are Euro 3 or older) if they are petrol.

Both private and commercial Heavy Goods Vehicles are liable for the CAZ charge. This includes some Motorhomes, which may be classed by the DVLA as Private Heavy Goods Vehicles.

If you’re not sure what Euro standard your vehicle is, please check your vehicle log book, or use the online tool to check if you will be charged.

Private cars, motorcycles and vans will not be charged.

The zone is approximately 3km2, and is located to the south west of Portsmouth.

How does the CAZ affect my vehicle?

Trucks Clean Air Zone Portsmouth

Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV)

Clean Air Bus Portsmouth

Bus and coach

Private vehicles Portsmouth

Taxi & private hire vehicle (PHV)