Bath & North East Somertset Council

Enforcement policy

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Enforcement policy


  • You’ll need to pay a charge for each day that you drive in the zone if you drive a higher emission taxi, private hire vehicle, minibus, van (including pick-ups and campervans), bus, coach or HGV that does not meet our minimum emission standards
    • £9 per day for higher emission taxis, private hire vehicles, minibuses, light goods vehicles (LGVs) and vans
    • £100 per day for higher emission buses, coaches and HGVs
  • Please note that cars (except taxis/PHVs) and motorbikes will not be charged regardless of emission standards
  • Exemptions and concessions apply
  • Charges will not apply if your vehicle is parked in the zone but does not move.

Charging times (when the zone operates)

  • Charges for higher emission vehicles will apply once in every 24-hour period (midnight to midnight), 7 days a week, 365 days a year when entering or driving in the zone.
  • If you drive in the zone across two days e.g. before midnight and after midnight, you’ll need to pay two daily charges.

How long will the zone be in place?

For legal purposes, the draft charging order states the duration of the scheme as ‘indefinite’. This is to allow for flexibility to operate the scheme until compliance is achieved.

How you’ll pay

  • Payment must be made within 7 days following entry to the CAZ.
  • Payment can also be made up to 7 days in advance of your journey.
  • You will be able to pay directly in a number of convenient ways. More details will be made available next year.
  • Please note that you will receive no prompt for payment within the 7-day payment window. 

Enforcement process

Penalty charge notice for non-payment

  • A penalty charge notice (PCN) of £120 will be due – in addition to the outstanding charge – for each day that you have driven in the zone and not paid within the payment window of 7 days
  • This penalty charge must be paid within 28 days from the date the PCN was served. The outstanding daily charge must also be paid.
  • If the PCN is paid within 14 days of the date of service of the PCN, the penalty charge will be reduced by 50% to £60.
  • If you fail to pay the PCN within 28 days, the penalty charge will be increased by 50% to £180.

Failure to pay

  • Should you fail to pay the penalty, you risk your vehicle being immobilised, with an additional penalty charge of £70 for its release (provided all other charges and penalties are paid).
  • If this penalty is not paid, your vehicle could be removed, stored or disposed of. This could cost you an additional £200 for the vehicle’s removal, £40 for each day or part of a day of which it is held in storage, and
  • £70 for its disposal.

Registering vehicles for exemptions/ concessions

The council will keep a database of vehicles that are either locally exempt or eligible for concessions.

If the exemption/concession is not automatic, you’ll be required to apply to register your vehicle in advance. In some cases you will also need to register each day that you travel in the zone for the fee to be waived.

Failure to register your journey in the zone before midnight of the following working day could result in a penalty charge.

More information on how to apply to register for an exemption or a concession will be available well before the zone is launched.

More information

Charges at a glance

Financial assistance scheme




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