Workers in the Clean Air Zone

If you work in the Clean Air Zone, but live outside of it, you can apply for a temporary worker exemption permit if you meet all three of the following criteria:

  • You are the registered owner/ keeper of a vehicle that will be charged
  • You work at least 18 hours per week at a business premise situated within the Clean Air Zone
  • You earn no more than £30,000 a year

Check your vehicle

The exemption permit will be valid for up to one year (12 months) from the launch of the Clean Air Zone (not from the date you apply). During this period you will be able to drive your non-compliant vehicle through the zone without having to pay the daily charge.

How do I apply?

To apply, you will need to provide proof of vehicle ownership/ keeper, proof of earnings and proof of employment within the Clean Air Zone.

The owner/ keeper of the vehicle must be the same name as the employee; if you drive a partner, relative or friend’s vehicle to commute then you will not be eligible.

Please note we will only exempt one vehicle per applicant.

Examples of evidence required:

Proof of work address:

  • A letter from your employer on company headed paper stating your hours and place of work

Proof of earnings:

  • Your most recent P60
  • If self-employed, your most recent tax return

Proof of ownership of non-compliant vehicle

  • V5C certificate

What do I do next?

If you believe you meet the eligibility criteria for the Clean Air Zone worker exemption permit, you should submit an application with your supporting evidence today.  We will confirm whether or not your application has been successful before the launch of the Clean Air Zone. 

Apply for an exemption permit

Financial incentives for workers?

You could also be eligible for the Clean Air Zone worker financial incentive scheme. This scheme can provide up to £2,000 to eligible applicants if they scrap a vehicle that does not meet the emission standards for the Clean Air Zone.

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