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Exemptions

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Exemptions

Certain higher emission vehicles will be exempt from charges in Bath’s CAZ and in many other zones across England.

In many cases this should be an automatic exemption i.e. the automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras will recognise your number plate as a vehicle that is exempt and you will not be charged.

Please note that national and local exemptions will vary.

Currently we’re proposing that some vehicles will need to pre-register their vehicle with the council ahead of the zone’s launch to avoid being charged.

Exemptions requiring pre-registration

Private cars registered as PLG (18 years or older)

While all private cars and motorcycles are exempt, our system requires that private cars registered before March 2001 – 18 years or older – and classed as PLG on your V5 log book are pre-registered with the Council to avoid being charged in Bath’s CAZ. More details on registering will be provided later in the year.  

Modified or retrofitted vehicles that meet the scheme’s minimum emission standards

If your vehicle has been modified or retrofitted to meet Bath’s minimum emission standards, you may need to pre-register it with the council to avoid being charged in Bath’s CAZ. More details on registering will be provided later in the year.  

Automatic exemptions

Private cars and motorcycles

These are automatically exempt in Bath’s CAZ but may have to pay in other clean air zones. Please note that some 4 x 4 utility vehicles and car-derived pick-ups are considered dual purpose and will be registered as vans (N1) on your V5 log book. These vehicles are not exempt.

Historic vehicles

Applies to all higher emission vehicles which are ‘historic vehicles’ for road tax purposes

Agricultural and similar vehicles

Applies to all higher emission vehicles that are ‘special concessionary vehicles’ for road tax purposes

Military vehicles

Applies to military vehicles owned by Her Majesty’s forces or in use for their purposes

Vehicles for disabled people

These vehicles are exempt from vehicle road tax and should include most community transport vehicles

Emergency service vehicles

Applies to all higher emission vehicles that are emergency vehicles for road tax purposes until 31 December 2024 when the fleet is expected to be compliant

Health service vehicles

These vehicles are exempt from vehicle road tax.

Details on how to apply for exemptions will be available early next year. Meanwhile, if you have a question about your eligibility, please come to an event or submit a query.

Please also see Concessions

More information

Concessions

Minimum emission standards

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