Brighton & Hove’s Low Emission Zone (LEZ)

Brighton is known for its aims to make driving through the city centre as off-putting as possible, and with the threat of a blanket ban on all cars to be in place by 2023, let us guide you through everything you need to know about the current Low Emission Zone (LEZ) and Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in the city.

Where are the zones in place?

Brighton’s Low Emission Zones currently cover Castle Square, North Street and Western Road as far as Palmeira Square – a small footprint but covers 98% of all bus movements in the city. 

Do I need to pay the daily fee?

At present, the Zone only covers roads which are for buses and taxis only. Any bus not complying with Euro 5 emission standards or better is charged (although this will tighten to Euro 6 in 2024). Taxis are not currently required to pay any daily fees, but taxi drivers are asked to observe a ‘no engine idling’ policy at taxi ranks.

A local counciller has stated that there are no plans for a London-style ULEZ for Brighton residents. Local air-quality campaigners disagree, however, and believe there should be a system in place that would see all of Brighton & Hove south of the A27 covered by the scheme.

How much will I pay?

There has been no information on how much the charges would be for an expanded ULEZ in Brighton & Hove. Prices across the country for similar charges can range from £8 up to £18 for personal cars, rising into three figures for drivers of larger vehicles.

Can I get a grant to get a compliant vehicle?

As there is no ULEZ in place, there are no current grants in place to make things easier for you to buy a more ecological car. However, if you own an electric vehicle, the government will provide 75% of the cost of an EV chargepoint at domestic properties through the EV chargepoint grant.

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