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

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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.

HGVs charged £100 a day to enter Bristol CAZ from September
Photo: Sam Saunders / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0

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

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