Reports and consultations

Air Quality Data from Automatic Monitoring Sites

We have collected data from our 5 automatic monitoring stations in the Clean Air Zone.

Find out more and read the press release about the air quality data and the data report (PDF).

Displacement Monitoring

Traffic monitoring took place prior to the CAZ launch and on 2 occasions after the launch (October and November 2022) indicates that there is no significant increase in the percent of commercial traffic across all of the displacement monitoring sites.

Find out more and read the press release and the traffic displacement monitoring report (PDF).

Clean Air Zone Framework

The Government has issued an update to the Clean Air Zone (CAZ) Framework for England.

This 2022 update re-establishes the Government's ambition to improve air quality and commitment to Clean Air Zones as a measure which will help achieve this ambition. The update removes reference to the concept of a 'non-charging' Clean Air Zones and establishes the principles to charging CAZs in England.

Local Air Quality Management

We are required by Government to report annually on the air quality levels in the district. This is done in the form of an Annual Status Report (ASR) and where air quality objectives are not being achieve Bradford Council must declare an Air Quality Management Area.

Our most recent ASR report for 2021-2022 is now available to read here along with other information about Local Air quality Management and Air Quality Management Areas.

Please note the ASR report is not designed to report on the Clean Air Zone (CAZ), CAZ reporting takes place via a separate process which is led by the evidence team at the Government's Joint Air Quality Unit.

Bradford Clean Air Zone Charging Order 2022

You can view the final Bradford Clean Air Zone Charging Order 2022 here (PDF, 3 Mb).

View the Plan of the Bradford Clean Air Zone in Annex 1 of the Bradford Clean Air Zone Charging Order.

Bradford Clean Air Plan – Final Business Case documents

These documents are final business case documents submitted to government in December 2020.

A public consultation took place between February and April 2020. The results of that consultation are outlined on this page and the full reports are provided as downloadable documents on this page.

Good response to the survey

There was a good response to the survey about the Clean Air Zone (CAZ) proposals.

There were 1637 responses overall, including 744 taxi drivers/operators and 88 businesses.

Every sector of the business community replied. Of the businesses who responded, nearly two thirds (63%) employed fewer than 50 people whilst 15% were sole employees.

Responses from across the Bradford district

The consultation drew a response from different communities in the district. Just over one quarter (27%) of those who responded lived within the proposed CAZ boundary.

Broad support for a Clean Air Zone

There is broad public support for the Clean Air Zone.

Two thirds (67%) of respondents agree that improving air quality should be a priority for the Council, 21% disagree and 12% are unsure. 

There is broad public support for the Clean Air Zone proposal, supported by 66% of respondents.

There is a similar level of support for the Clean Air Zone from those living inside and outside the CAZ boundary.

Those people who support the CAZ live mainly in in Shipley, Bingley and Keighley. Those who oppose the CAZ mainly live mainly in more rural areas to the West of Bradford.

Some of these respondents raised concerns about the possibility of traffic diverting to avoid the CAZ.

People say they are concerned about the impact of poor air quality on health, and in particular its effect on children and on their own long-term health.

Mixed response from those most affected by the CAZ

The business community understand and appreciate the health benefits of a CAZ, but they still have reservations about its impact.

57% of Coach operators support the CAZ proposals. 43% don't support it.

A small majority of businesses who operate their own vehicles (43%) support the CAZ with 20% unsure and 37% not supporting it.

However, half of taxi drivers and 45% of businesses without a vehicle fleet are opposed to the plans.

Businesses and taxis need assistance

Those groups who will be most affected by the proposed rules and charges say that they will need support. This is common to other cities which are introducing Clean Air Zones.

60% of taxi drivers are likely to apply for a grant to help upgrade the vehicle and 40% of drivers say they are likely to purchase an electric vehicle.

29% of businesses say they would seek an exemption or sunset period, while 13% aim to use compliant vehicles in the CAZ and 10% plan to upgrade their vehicle.

The biggest concerns for taxi drivers are the cost of vehicle purchase, financing arrangements and availability of electric charging points.

38% of taxi drivers say that they would leave the trade or retire, and 15% of businesses they would cease trading if the scheme was introduced.

…but they like the support packages on offer

Those most affected by the CAZ say they like the support packages.

Two thirds of businesses (64%) support grants for businesses which are based inside the CAZ, or operating within it.

Over 80% of businesses support exemptions for SME’s based in the Bradford District, and a similar proportion want exemptions for coaches and minibuses which are doing education or charity work within the CAZ.

57% of businesses support the proposal for an Advanced Fuel Centre which will provide cleaner fuel options.

Strong support for additional measures

There is strong public support for a range of measures in addition to the CAZ.

Most frequently mentioned were low emission buses, electric vehicles, anti-idling measures and promotion of walking and cycling.

There was strong support for the introduction of electric bus routes from 85% of respondents; 65% support the implementation of a new Park and Ride site in South Bradford; and 55% would be keen to book an electric taxi.