We are aware that plans for the Clean Air Zone are causing some concerns for people with older cars or who need to cross over into the planned zone  when it is introduced (possibly from October)

71% of Bristol cars will be compliant. For those with older cars the council are lobbying hard with other city councils for a Clean Air fund and scrappage schemes to support this who need to swap their vehicles

This is a difficult situation for some and we are hoping that the exemptions and the support will help people to make the transition. See details below:

Here is the latest update from the Council

We have a moral and legal duty to reduce harmful levels of nitrogen dioxide caused by traffic. Around 300 people die every year because of toxic air pollution in Bristol, and hundreds more suffer from conditions caused by it. Alongside this, we have been directed by Government to introduce a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) to meet legal limits of air pollution within the shortest possible time.

On Feb 25 the council’s Cabinet approved the Full Business Case for the CAZ which has now been submitted to Government. Our chosen option offers a balance between improving air quality and the need to support businesses as much as possible.

Government will confirm if they accept our Full Business Case in the spring. The earliest we would implement the CAZ is October 2021.

As well as improving air quality by reducing harmful levels of nitrogen dioxide caused by traffic, a CAZ will help us create healthy places where people want to visit and spend time in safe and attractive environments. It will also help us achieve our goal of ensuring everyone in Bristol benefits from a healthy natural environment.

No vehicles are banned from entering the CAZ but older and more polluting vehicles will have to pay a daily charge. It is estimated over 71% of vehicles are already compliant and so only a minority of vehicles driving in the CAZ will be charged. In subsequent years this percentage will increase as more people take advantage of the available financial support to switch to a cleaner vehicle or a different mode of transport.  

  • Charges would not apply to Euro 4, 5 and 6 petrol vehicles (roughly 2006 onwards).
  • Charges would not apply to Euro 6 diesel vehicles (roughly end of 2015 onwards).

We appreciate that the implementation of a charging CAZ will be a challenging transition for some businesses and individuals. We will support those who will be most impacted and are calling on Government for the necessary funding to do this.

We cannot take on the task of delivering clean air alone – we need all of Bristol’s help if we are to protect each other from dangerous pollution and toxic fumes. Although there will be challenges, this is a great opportunity to start thinking about how we can improve air quality across the city – as businesses and individuals.

We will share more information in the spring about the Clean Air Zone and the support that will be available.

Please visit www.bristol.gov.uk/caz to find out more about our clean air plans.

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