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Drivers warned of three more Clean Air Zones that are set to be introduced across the UK


More UK cities are set to introduce Clean Air Zones this year, making motorists pay a charge if they wish to enter city centres.

Drivers in London already face charges if they wish to enter the capital’s low and ultra low emission zones (ULEZ).

Five other UK cities have already introduced clean air zones with three more due to start in the coming weeks and months.

Currently, drivers in Bath, Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol and Portsmouth all face potential charges based on the level of their emissions.

Tyneside is set to introduce its own Clean Air Zone on January 30 and Sheffield will follow suit on February 27.

Greater Manchester is the third local authority set to introduce a clean air zone in 2023 although they have yet to agree on a date.

Cities are able to choose one of four possible Clean Air Zones from Class A through to Class D.

Each class targets different types of road vehicles. and failure to comply can result in a fine of up to £120.

Currently, only Birmingham and Bristol have introduced Class D Clean Air Zones.

These are the most far-reaching and require private car drivers to register and potentially pay charges depending on the level of their emissions.

Both Bath and Bradford have introduced Class C Clean Air Zones. These target vans, minibuses, coaches, taxis, HGVs, buses and private hire vehicles but not privately owned cars.

Portsmouth is currently the only city to have brought in Class B restrictions where charges apply to coaches, taxis, HGVs, buses and private hire vehicles but not cars, vans or minibuses.

It’s believed that Sheffield is planning on a Class C zone while Tyneside is planning to introduce Class B restrictions.

Details for Manchester’s upcoming zone have not yet been finalised.