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Your solution to UK Clean Air Zones

Clean Air Zones (CAZs) and Low Emission Zones (LEZs) are being introduced across the UK to reduce pollution and encourage people and companies to drive less polluting vehicles – our solutions can help your business avoid high charges and potential fines.

What are CAZs and LEZs?

CAZs and LEZs are defined areas where action is being taken to improve air quality – many include an area where vehicles which do not meet low emission standards are charged for entering.

Where are they being introduced?

Clean Air Zones and Low Emission Zones will undoubtedly affect businesses across the UK. Currently, they are set to be introduced in at least 13 cities including; Birmingham, York, London, Bristol and Newcastle by 2021. Our map shows the full list, along with the expected introduction dates:

Clean Air Zone UK Map
Clean air zone planned dates

* Glasgow’s Low Emission Zone (LEZ) is being phased in – phase 1 was introduced on 31 December 2018 and applies to buses only. When phase 2 is implemented all vehicles entering the zone will have to meet specified exhaust emission standards to avoid a penalty charge, unless exempt.


Avoid charges of up to £100 per day

The charges for non-compliant vehicles entering the zones are high. For example, to enter London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone, vehicles up to 3.5 tonnes (including cars, motorcycles and vans) pay a daily charge of £12.50 and heavier vehicles over 3.5 tonnes (including lorries, buses and coaches) pay a daily charge of £100.

To avoid high charges when entering the zones, vehicles need to meet the following emission requirements:

  • Euro VI for buses, coaches and HGVs
  • Euro 6 for diesel LGVs (vans, taxis)
  • Euro 4 for petrol

Find out whether your vehicle is compliant here:

How can Close Brothers Asset Finance help?

We offer the best flexible finance solutions to help you convert or upgrade your fleet of vehicles to meet the emission requirements.

Convert your vehicles

If you are looking to convert your current vehicles to meet the requirements, we can help make this possible with our tailor-made, practical refinance options. Refinancing allows you to quickly release funds from your existing vehicles and re-invest this into the conversion.

Upgrade your vehicles

We also provide flexible finance solutions to help you purchase new, compliant vehicles. Our people are experts in asset finance and consider all relevant aspects of your business to create tailor-made, flexible repayment schedules to suit you. We appreciate the high costs involved in investing in new vehicles, so we have partnered with Motus Commercials to bring you a unique UK offering. Get exclusive discounted rates on the purchase of new vehicles through Motus Commercials when you finance the vehicle with Close Brothers Asset Finance.

Contact us

London and South

  • 020 8339 4954
  • Wimbledon Bridge House,
    1 Hartfield Road,
    SW19 3RU

Midlands and North

  • 01283 742580
  • Suite B,
    First Floor,
    The Maltsters,
    Wetmore Road,
    Burton On Trent,
    DE14 1LS


  • 01355 887201
  • Scotland Office 2nd Floor,
    Orbital House,
    3 Redwood Crescent,
    East Kilbride,
    Glasgow G74 5PR

About Motus Commercials

The Largest Independent Commercial Vehicle Dealer Group in the UK, Motus Commercials has 30 dealer locations across the United Kingdom and are also the largest DAF Trucks Dealer Group in the UK & Europe with 27 DAF/TRP Sites.

Committed to supporting HGV and LCV operators to the highest standards, they provide vehicle and aftersales packages on an efficient, value for money basis. Find out more:

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