You may have heard that Bristol Clean Air Zone (CAZ) came into force on Monday 28th of November, but what does this mean for you?
Drivers with vehicles that do not comply with the emissions levels will have to pay a charge should they drive through the Bristol Clean Air Zone.
Luckily 71% of vehicles that currently travel through this zone already meet the zone’s emission standards, so will not be affected. Should your vehicle not comply, you will have to pay the clean air zone charge unless you have an exemption.
If you are planning to travel to or through Bristol city centre, we’d recommend checking ahead to avoid an unexpected fine through the post. See our Bristol clean air zone vehicle checker to ensure you don’t fall into this category!
You can do this by clicking the link below:
Bristol clean air charges – How are the zones being monitored and where do I pay the charge?
The zones are monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year.
If you travel through Bristol on a regular basis or live in the city, you may have noticed cameras and signage put in place weeks ahead in preparation for the launch.
95,000 vehicles were notified in the lead-up to the launch that their vehicle did not comply with emission standards, and they will be enforced to pay the Bristol Clean Air Zone charge as of the 28th of November 2022.
Here’s an outline of the Bristol clean air charges (charge per vehicle) listed below:
You can pay the zone charge:
- Up to 6 days before travel
- On the day of travel
- Up to 6 days after you enter the zone
Should you not pay the charge, you will be issued with a Penalty Charge Notice of £120. This is reduced to £60 if you pay the fine within 14 days.
It’s important to note that any stationary vehicle parked within this zone will not be charged per day unless the vehicle is driven. You can enter and leave the zone as many times as you’d like each day you pay the charge and will only be charged once for that day. If you drive in the Bristol Clean Air Zone across two days, for example before and after midnight, you will need to pay two daily charges.
Businesses can set up a business account the manage payments for multiple vehicles for ease.
For more information on how to pay the Bristol Air Zone charge, click the link here.
Why the Bristol Clean Air Zone charge has been introduced
The Government have set legal pollution limits for each city. To comply and reduce Bristol’s carbon footprint as soon as possible, the Bristol Clean Air Zone charge has been introduced.
A major source of air pollution in cities is due to road traffic, particularly from vehicles with diesel engines. You may be aware that the ban on new petrol and diesel cars was originally planned for 2040, that has since been brought forward by the Government to 2030. New regulation states that by 2035, all new cars and vans will have to have zero emissions at the tail pipe.
Bristol Clean Air Zone charges have been brought into action to encourage those with vehicles that produce high levels of pollution to reconsider their choice of vehicle or perhaps take shared transport links. As a result, this will lower Bristol’s carbon footprint as a city and work in a combined effort to reduce our carbon footprint in the UK.
Please note: We do not work with Bristol Council. All information above has been based on information from the Gov.uk website from December 2022. For all up-to-date information, following the link here.
Should you need to contact someone regarding the Bristol Clean Air Zone, see details below:
0117 903 6385
Otherwise, feel free to give us a call on 02922 678 010 and speak to one of the Vanzone sales experts.