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Bristol Clean Air Zone

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In an attempt to improve the air quality in Bristol, the council is introducing a Clean Air Zone (CAZ). What does that mean? What are the implications to the local businesses?

First of all, what is the difference between a clean air zone and a congestion charge? The clean air zone, as implied in the name, is designed to improve the quality of the air in a specific area. This is achieved by charging older, non-compliant vehicles a daily charge when entering the area. It is the responsibility of the individual to pay the charge, usually done online (and there are apps that help understand the charges and check the CAZ borders). The idea behind a congestion charge is to reduce the number of vehicles in a certain area- this will apply to all vehicles entering the area, regardless of their age and engine type.

Later this year a small clean air zone will be introduced in the Bristol city centre. Please, see the map below.

The start date has been confirmed as Monday 28th November 2022.

No vehicles are banned from entering Bristol’s Clean Air Zone but older and more polluting vehicles will have to pay a daily charge.

  • 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).

And the charge does need to be paid even if the vehicle is just driving through the highlighted area, or if driving within the area without crossing its border.

Clean air zones have recently been introduced in Bath and Birmingham and more cities are opting for this as a way of reducing the city’s impact on environment. Local residents and business owners are offered several options of upgrading their cars, but the easiest response is to avoid the area, unless absolutely necessary.

At New World Business Centre we have the perfect location in Bristol outskirts to host your meeting or for your new office. And because we are conveniently located near the Bristol Ring Road, you won’t have to worry about any of your employees, contractors or visitors not meeting the CAZ requirements.