Shoppers fill Cabot Circus car park on weekend before Clean Air Zone begins

Bristol shoppers managed to fill Cabot Circus car park completely by midday today (Saturday, November 26). This weekend is the final one before the city’s Clean Air Zone (CAZ) comes into operation on Monday, 28 November.

Our photographer Paul Gillis was at the scene, and reported that the car park was completely full by midday as shoppers drove into the city centre to make use of a final charge-free trip into the centre. Traffic was reportedly very heavy on Newfoundland Way inbound.

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The CAZ has been introduced in the city centre, as that is where the air quality is poorest, the council say. They also state that “no vehicle is banned from driving in the zone, but the most polluting vehicles will have to pay a daily charge to travel within the area.”

“The majority of vehicles that travel in Bristol already meet the zone’s emissions tandards and will not be charged.”

Charges for vehicles that do not meet the zone’s emission standards start at £9 per day for private cars, taxis and vans. Heavy goods vehicles will be charged £100 per day, along with buses and coaches.

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