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HGVs charged £100 a day to enter Bristol CAZ from September

The Bristol Clean Air Zone (CAZ) is “likely" to be launched in September, the city's mayor, Marvin Rees, has announced. When the scheme begins, Non-compliant HGVs will have to pay £100 a day.

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Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees announced the September start date for the Clean Air Zone yesterday, confirming that the scheme had been put back 3 months. The announcement comes after the government launched its new vehicle checker, where motorists can check if they need to pay a charge for the vehicle.

Bristol hasn’t provided a list of the vehicles that will be charged, but has instead issued a guide on vehicles that won’t need to pay:

  • Euro 4, 5 and 6 petrol vehicles, roughly 2006 upwards
  • Euro 6 diesel vehicles, roughly end of 2015 onwards
  • fully electric vehicles and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles
  • all hybrid vehicles
  • modified or retrofitted vehicles registered with the Energy Saving Trust’s Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme (CVRAS)
  • motorbikes

Non-compliant HGVs, buses and coaches will have to pay £100 a day to enter the zone. The fee makes Bristol one of the two cities in England with the highest charges.

Daily CAZ charges for HGVs in England:

  • Bath: £100
  • Birmingham: £50
  • Bradford: £50
  • Bristol: £100 (from September)
  • Portsmouth: £50
  • Greater Manchester: £60 charge for non-compliant HGVs (but the implementation of the CAZ plan has been delayed in that area)

Bristol City Council has, however, secured £32 million of government funding for businesses to upgrade HGVs, LGVs, taxis and private hire vehicles.

Small and medium-sized enterprises and self-employed people based in the zone will be prioritised for business grants in the first round.

Vehicle type Grant per vehicle Loan per vehicle Funding award
Car £2,000 £5,000 £879,189
Taxi PHV £1,500 £9,000 £1m
Taxi Hackney £4,000 £9,000 £1.3m
LGV (vans and larger vehicles under 3.5 tonnes) £4,000 £16,000 £9.6m
HGV £16,000 £26,000 £743,772
Coach £16,000 £35,000 £1.1m
Bus retrofit £2m

Photo: Sam Saunders / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0