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Exemptions

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Exemptions and discounts

The tables below outline the national and local exemptions that will apply in Bath’s clean air zone.

Applications for local exemptions open in Autumn 2020. You do not need to apply for an exemption if your vehicle:

  • meets Bath’s minimum emission standards
  • is nationally exempt (outlined in the table below)
  • is a motorbike or a private car registered after March 2001, even if it’s used for work purposes (this excludes taxis and private hire vehicles).

Owners of cars first registered between March 2001 and January 1980 (classed as PLG on a V5 form) must apply for a local exemption to avoid charges in Bath's zone. 

Details are subject to change.

If you have any questions about local exemptions or discounts, please email CAZ_info@bathnes.gov.uk

National exemptions

If your vehicle is elgible for a national exemption, you can drive freely in any clean air zone in England without further action.

National exemption

Description

Expiry

Historic vehicles

Applies to all higher emission vehicles that are in tax class 88. You do not need to do anything for this exemption to apply.

Unlimited

Military vehicles

Applies to all higher emission military vehicles owned by Her Majesty's forces or in use for their purposes (green and white fleets). You do not need to do anything for this exemption to apply.

Unlimited

Disabled passenger and disabled tax class vehicles

Applies to all higher emission vehicles in disabled passenger tax class 85 or disabled tax class 78. You do not need to do anything for this exemption to apply.

Unlimited

Compliant hybrid vehicles  

Applies to all plug-in or self-charging hybrids vehicles with engines that meet emission standards i.e. euro 6 plus diesel and euro 4 plus petrol. You do not need to do anything for this exemption to apply. Note: Hybrids with engines that don’t meet emission standards can apply for a local exemption in Bath's CAZ (see below).

Unlimited

Modified or retrofitted vehicles that meet minimum emission standards 

For this exemption to apply, the vehicle must be accredited by the Energy Saving Trust’s Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme (CVRAS). Once accredited, you do not need to do anything else to activate your exemption.

Unlimited

Ultra low emission vehicles (ULEV)

Electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in tax class 79. You do not need to do anything for this exemption to apply.

Unlimited

 

Local exemptions and discounts

For local exemptions and discounts to apply you need to register your vehicle with the council and, once the zone is launched, manage your trips via the council’s MiPermit service.

Applications for local exemptions and discounts will open from September 2020.

Please make a note to check your vehicle and apply in the autumn, when we activate the links below.

Local exemptions only apply in Bath's CAZ. You may be charged in other zones.

Most local exemptions require annual renewal. Your permit won’t expire, but we’ll need you to validate your details each year. 

Local exemptions and discounts

 Description

Expiry

Discounts for private heavy goods vehicles such as motorhomes and horse transporters (PHGV on your V5 form) 

 

Register your vehicle

These vehicles are eligible for a discount in Bath’s CAZ, paying a daily charge of £9 rather than £100. Once registered, you must pay for each journey using MiPermit, not the central CAZ service.

Unlimited/Annual Renewal

Private cars older than 19 years (first registered between March 2001 and January 1980) 

 

Register your vehicle

While all private cars are exempt from charges in Bath’s CAZ, you must register with the council any older private cars that are classed ‘PLG’ (rather than M1) on your V5 form. Once registered, you do not need to do anything else to activate your exemption.

Unlimited/Annual Renewal

Non-compliant hybrid and alternatively fuelled vehicles 

 

Register your vehicle

Applies to all plug-in or self-charging hybrids where engines do not meet minimum emission standards e.g. pre-euro 6 diesel and pre euro 4 petrol engines, and alternatively fuelled vehicles. Once registered, you do not need to do anything else to activate your exemption.

Unlimited/Annual Renewal

Agricultural and similar vehicles

 

Register your vehicle

Applies to higher emission non-road going vehicles, such as tractors, gritters, snow ploughs, mowing machines and steam powered vehicles on a case by case basis. Once registered, you must log each journey using MiPermit for the charge to be waived.

Unlimited/Annual Renewal

Health service vehicles

 

Register your vehicle

Applies on a case by case basis to higher emission health service vehicles that are exempt from vehicle road tax.  Once registered, you do not need to do anything else to activate your exemption.

Unlimited/Annual Renewal

Euro 4 and 5 diesel vehicles being upgraded through B&NES financial assistance scheme

 

Register your vehicle

Once an application is accepted for the B&NES financial assistance scheme (to upgrade non-compliant vehicles), you can apply to exempt any euro 4 or 5 diesel vehicles due to be replaced. The exemption applies until the expected delivery date of the replacement vehicle (or within two years of the zone’s launch – whichever is sooner). Once registered, you do not need to do anything else to activate your exemption.

Until the replacement vehicle is delivered or two years from the launch date (whichever is sooner) / Annual renewal

Euro 4 and 5 diesel vehicles being upgraded to fully electric vehicles or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in tax class 79

 

Register your vehicle

Applies until the expected delivery date of the replacement vehicle (or within two years of the zone’s launch – whichever is sooner). Once registered, you do not need to do anything else to activate your exemption.

Until the replacement vehicle is delivered or two years from the launch date (whichever is sooner) / Annual renewal

Euro 4 and 5 diesel vehicles eligible under the terms of B&NES financial assistance scheme

 

Register your vehicle

Applies if you are eligible for the B&NES financial assistance scheme (to upgrade non-compliant vehicles) but you fail the affordability checks. Once registered, you must log each journey using MiPermit for the charge to be waived.

For up to two years from launch of zone / Annual renewal

Euro 4 and 5 diesel vehicles with a valid community transport permit

 

Register your vehicle

Applies to those vehicles not otherwise exempt under national exemptions for disabled passenger or disabled vehicle tax class vehicles. Once registered, you must log each journey using MiPermit for the charge to be waived.

Two years from launch of zone / Annual renewal

Euro 4 and 5 diesel vehicles driven by or transporting registered blue badge holders

 

Register your vehicle

Please note that this exemption excludes taxis, private hire vehicles, minibuses, coaches, buses and HGVs.  Once registered, you must log each journey using MiPermit for the charge to be waived.

Two years from launch of zone / Annual renewal

Euro 4 and 5 diesel vehicles used by community-based education, health or social care providers for work purposes

 

Register your vehicle

The exemption excludes  taxis, private hire vehicles, minibuses, coaches, buses and HGVs. Please see a definition of community-based education, health or social care providers. Once registered, you must log each journey using MiPermit for the charge to be waived.

Two years from launch of zone / Annual renewal

Non-compliant vehicles used by voluntary organisations in support of the emergency services

 

Register your vehicle

Applies to higher emission vehicles used by voluntary organisations in support of emergency services. Once registered, you must log each journey using MiPermit for the charge to be waived.

Four years from launch of zone / Annual renewal

Euro 4 and 5 diesel wheelchair accessible taxis and private hire vehicles (PHVs)

 

Register your vehicle

Applies to those vehicles not otherwise exempt under the disabled passenger or disabled vehicle tax class. Once registered, you do not need to do anything else to activate your exemption until it expires.

Two years from launch of zone / Annual renewal

Emergency service vehicles

 

Register your vehicle

Applies to higher emission emergency service vehicles such as police, fire and ambulance vehicles. Once registered, you do not need to do anything else to activate your exemption until it expires.

Four years from launch of zone / Annual renewal

Recovery vehicles

 

Register your vehicle

Applies to all higher emission vehicles classed as 'recovery vehicles' for road tax purposes. Once registered, you do not need to do anything else to activate your exemption until it expires.

Four years from launch of zone / Annual renewal

Showman’s vehicles

 

Register your vehicle

Applies to all higher emission vehicles classed as ‘showman’s vehicles’ for road tax purposes. Once registered, you do not need to do anything else to activate your exemption until it expires.

Four years from launch of zone / Annual renewal

General Haulage vehicles

 

Register your vehicle

Applies to all higher emission vehicles classed as ‘general haulage vehicles’ for road tax purposes. Once registered, you do not need to do anything else to activate your exemption until it expires.

Four years from launch of zone / Annual renewal

Special vehicles

 

Register your vehicle

Applies to all higher emission vehicles classed as 'special vehicles’ or 'special type vehicles' for road tax purposes. Once registered, you do not need to do anything else to activate your exemption until it expires.

Four years from launch of zone / Annual renewal

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