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Consultation on two new Traffic Clean Air Zone options for Bristol

Bristol City Council has launched a consultation on two options to reduce air pollution within the city.

The city needs to meet legal limits for air quality as soon as possible – and is is in breach of Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) levels mainly caused by older polluting vehicles.

The council is asking residents to have their say on two Clean Air Zones – with the consultation ending on 22 November

The new options are:

Option 1: a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) covering a small area of central Bristol. 

In this option, older and more polluting types of heavy goods vehicles (HGVs), buses and large goods vehicles (LGVs) – as well as taxis, coaches and private cars would be charged to drive in the zone.

This is referred to as a small CAZ D.

Option 2: a small CAZ D surrounded by a larger charging zone (referred to as a medium CAZ C).

Vehicles would be charged to drive into the CAZ D in the same way as in Option 1. In the surrounding CAZ C, older, more polluting types of HGVs, buses, coaches, LGVs, taxis but not private cars would be charged to drive into the zone.

Both zones would operate 24 hours a day.

Bristol City Council is required by the government to start implementing a CAZ C with a small CAZ D by 29 October 2021 – unless further evidence shows this is not necessary to deliver legal air quality compliance.

The consultation was launched on Clean Air Day (8 October) with residents and businesses also being asked to consider “how small changes can make a big difference in cutting toxic fumes across the city”.

The council is hoping major transport improvements – along with positive changes experienced during lockdown may lessen the need to ban or charge vehicles in the Clean Air Zones.

To find out more about the consultation and complete the online survey go to:

For a paper copy or the information in an alternative format email or call 07775 115 909 and leave a message on the answerphone.

To find out more, view a short video:

The consultation closes on Sunday 22 November 2020.