Sheffield CAZ offers three-month exemption for non-compliant taxis, but not for PHVs

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Sheffield’s Clean Air Zone comes into force on February 27. Hackney taxi operators have until June 5 to upgrade older vehicles in order to avoid having to pay £10 a day to enter the zone.

But there is no extension for private hire vehicles, so vehicles that do not meet Euro 4 (petrol) or Euro 6 (diesel) emissions standards will have to pay the charge from next week. Non-compliant HGVs, vans, buses and coaches will also have to pay – though locally registered businesses in Sheffield and Rotherham can apply to exempt their vans until June 5. Motorbikes and private cars will not face charges.

The Sheffield CAZ will be a Class C charging zone, and will be in place in the city centre and around the inner ring road. The council confirmed that Hackney Carriages licensed with the council will not be charged until June 5.

The zone will be monitored by automatic number plate recognition cameras. It will be £10 a day for vans/LGVs and taxis that don’t meet the minimum standard, and £50 a day for non-compliant HGVs/lorries, buses and coaches.

You can make the payment online up to six days before, on the day of travel, or by 11.59pm the sixth day after driving in the CAZ.

National exemptions include disabled passenger tax class vehicles, historic vehicles over 40 years old, and vehicles retrofitted with technology accredited by the Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme (CVRAS).