Bristol Clean Air Zone: When will the charges operate

Big changes are coming to Bristol as the city is to get its long-awaited Clean Air Zone later this year.

On Wednesday (July 6) city mayor Marvin Rees confirmed the scheme would begin on November 28 and that signs and cameras were already going up around the city. Designed to curb traffic air pollution, the Clean Air Zone will see older, more polluting vehicles – an estimated 75,000 a day – charged to enter a small zone in the city centre.

READ MORE: Where the borders for the scheme will fall street by street

The council estimates that about three in 10 vehicles in Bristol will attract the charges, which were set at £9 for smaller vehicles and £100 a day for larger vehicles. You can find out more about which vehicles will be charged here, and you can view where the borders for the scheme will fall here.

But another important question in many people’s minds is when the charges will operate and when they will start. It has now finally been announced that the CAZ start date is November 28 – the last Monday in November.

Bristol City Council has already confirmed that the charges would apply 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Vehicles will only be charged once per 24 hour period, meaning that several trips through the CAZ in a single day would only result in one charge.

The charges will not apply to petrol vehicles that meet Euro 4, 5 and 6 emission standards (those dating from roughly 2006 onwards) or to Euro 6 diesel vehicles (those roughly the end of 2015 onwards).

The charges will not apply to petrol vehicles that meet Euro 4, 5 and 6 emission standards (those dating from roughly 2006 onwards) or to Euro 6 diesel vehicles (those roughly dating from the end of 2015 onwards).

A range of exemptions will be available to give eligible businesses and individuals time to prepare for the zone. For instance, all residents in the zone with a vehicle that would be charged can apply for an exemption giving them until the end of 2022 to upgrade to a cleaner vehicle.

The Mayor said he was trying to get those exemptions extended because of the delays.

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