Last reviewed 11 January 2022

Portsmouth City Council was identified by the UK Government as one of over 60 local authorities with air pollution levels higher than legal limits. It was told to make improvements as soon as possible.

Although drivers of private vans, cars and motorcycles are exempt, Portsmouth’s recently introduced clean air zone (CAZ) means that buses, coaches, taxis, private hire vehicles and heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) all now face a daily charge.

Unless they meet Euro 6 standards if diesel, or Euro 4 standard if petrol, buses, coaches and HGVs will pay £50 per day.

Operators can check whether they will be charged at www.gov.uk/clean-air-zones and can also use this site to pay online for the Portsmouth CAZ as well as those established in Bath and Birmingham. Bradford is expected to start charging later this year and Greater Manchester will do so on 30 May 2022.

“Some areas of Portsmouth have levels of pollutants, like nitrogen dioxide, that are likely to remain above safe legal limits unless we take strong action quickly,” the City Council said. “The city is densely populated and while many of us need to own a vehicle, they cause congestion and contribute to over 50% of air pollution.”

Located to the south west of Portsmouth, the CAZ extends to the harbour and means that vehicles using the Isle of Wight ferries will be caught by the restrictions.

The charge only applies once each day no matter how many journeys the vehicle makes.