If you live in Bristol, or regularly drive into the city, you need to be aware of the Clean Air Zone (CAZ). The Clean Air Zone for Bristol will come into effect on Monday 28th November 2022, so now is the time to familiarise yourself with this change.
Read on and learn everything there is to know about the Bristol Clean Air Zone.
Bristol’s Clean Air Zone is designed to purify the city’s air, which becomes increasingly polluted by traffic during busy periods. By regulating the times at which certain vehicles can drive through areas of the city, this can help to reduce the level of NO2 (Nitrous Oxide) which builds up in the air.
The Bristol Clean Air Zone is an attempt to tackle the rising levels of particulate matter - this being imperceptible traces of soot, smoke, and other pollutants - which can exist as liquid droplets in the air.
The Bristol Clean Air Zone covers these areas and other neighbouring streets:
The scheme also covers certain neighbouring junctions.
Did you know that over 71% of vehicles driving through Bristol already meet the zone’s emissions standards? This means that it is only high-polluting and older vehicles which should be charged to drive through the Bristol Clean Air Zone.
It is a Class D Clean Air Zone, so any vehicle which doesn't comply with the following criterion will have to pay to drive through the zone:
Charges will vary depending on the type of vehicle you drive, ranging from a daily charge of £9 to £100.
The following is a list of the daily charges that apply to non-compliant vehicles. These charges are in place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week:
Private petrol cars: £9
Private diesel cars: £9
Lights Goods Vehicles (under 3.5t.): £9
Heavy Goods Vehicle (over 3.5t.): £100
You must pay to drive through Bristol's Clean Air Zone either:
Up to 6 days before the day of your visit
The day of your visit
Up to 6 days after the day of your visit
You won’t be notified if you have driven through the Clean Air Zone. As a driver, it is your responsibility to know whether your car meets the emissions standard and then to pay the right charge if necessary.
If you fail to pay the charge within the 13 day allocated window, you will be subject to a £120 Penalty Charge Notice (PCN). You can reduce this to £60 if you pay it within 14 days.
The gov.uk website has developed a handy ‘check your vehicle’ tool which can tell you whether or not your car will be charged to drive in Bristol’s Clean Air Zone. Simply enter your reg plate, and have your debit or credit card nearby if you plan on paying the charge for your vehicle.
Remember, the Clean Air Zone restrictions in place in Bristol may differ from that of other locations, so be sure to check this before setting off on your journey.
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