Which cars will be charged to enter Bristol Clean Air Zone?

Last week, it was announced that Bristol will finally get its long-awaited Clean Air Zone next summer.

City mayor Marvin Rees confirmed the scheme has received the backing of the Government and will definitely be introduced in the summer of 2022.

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.

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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.

The charges – which will operate 24 hours a day – were confirmed by the Mayor last week, who said an exact date for the introduction of the scheme had not been agreed yet.

But which cars exactly will be charged? Here is everything we know:

Diesel cars

Any diesel vehicle not conforming to Euro 6 emission standards will need to pay a CAZ charge.

As a guide, diesel cars that meet the Euro 6 standards are generally those registered with the DVLA after September 1, 2015.

In other words, a charge will apply to any diesel vehicles that are Euro 5 or older, and these are likely to be cars registered before September 2015.

It is recommended you contact the vehicle manufacturer to check your vehicle’s standard if you are unsure.

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A map of Bristol’s Clean Air Zone

Petrol cars

Any petrol vehicle not conforming to Euro 4 emission standards will also need to pay a CAZ charge.

As a guide, petrol cars that meet the standards are generally those registered with the DVLA after January 1, 2006.

So the charge will apply to any petrol vehicle that is Euro 3 or older, and these are likely to be cars registered before 2006.

Again, it is recommended you contact the vehicle manufacturer to check your vehicle’s standard if you are unsure.

Hybrid cars

The engine on hybrid vehicles must meet the relevant criteria for a diesel/petrol vehicle, as set out above.

Daily charge, seven days a week

A spokesperson for the council has previously said the charges would apply 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Vehicles would only be charged once in each 24 hour period.

After numerous delays, the council submitted its final plans for a Clean Air Zone to central government in February this year.

Mr Rees has said a number of times that he is committed to reducing air pollution but wanted to minimise any disproportionate impact on businesses and citizens, especially those on low incomes.

An earlier plan to ban diesel cars from the city centre was rejected by the Government.

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