Clean Air Zone (CAZ) UPDATE – There was an informative scrutiny meeting yesterday on the Clean Air Zone, which you can watch here;

It’s interesting to see more support for the wider proposal Option 2 across all areas of the city. More detail on the Clean Air Plans can be found here:

The presentations delivered during the meeting outlined how the different options can achieve compliance by 2023 and how air quality and traffic levels changed in lockdowns. Modelling showed that a small central charging zone on its own (small CAZ D) along with the Street Space changes (like the closure of Bristol Bridge) reaches compliance as quickly as a combined CAZ C and CAZ D scheme.

Jo Sergeant highlighted how vital advice and support will be when final schemes are introduced in October 2021, stressing how people will need help managing the transition.

Stephen Clarke also raised concerns about displacement of traffic into areas outside the zone like Southville and Totterdown. He also talked about areas of high pollution near schools like Parson Street (and I would add Victoria Park School on St John’s Lane).

Officers were reassuring that modelling suggests changes in behaviour and upgrades to cleaner vehicles mean that CAZ implementation is not predicted to have negative impact on neighbouring areas, even if there is some increase in traffic volumes. It’s vital that roads like St Johns Lane, Wells Road and Parson Street are monitored closely.

The council’s cabinet meets on 25 February to make a decision on the Clean Air Zone option which will ensure we comply with our legal duties for clean air. We will then submit our chosen option to Government who will confirm if they accept it in the spring.

If we are required to introduce a Clean Air Zone the earliest it will be is October 2021 Papers:…

Option 1 – A Clean Air Zone covering a small area of central Bristol where older, more polluting commercial vehicles and private cars would pay to drive in the zone. On the map this is referred to as ‘small CAZ D’.

Option 2 – Option 1 plus a larger charging zone where older, more polluting commercial vehicles but not private cars would be charged to drive in the zone. On the map this is referred to as ‘medium CAZ C’.

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