Have your say on Traffic Clean Air Zone for Bristol

July 29 2019

Bristol City Council is consulting until August 12 on two options to reduce air pollution within the central area of the city, where the levels of pollution, particularly nitrogen dioxide (NO2) are particularly high and exceed legal limits.


Air pollution is a danger to health. Breathing polluted air can cause breathing problems such as asthma and heart problems, leading to shortened lives. Poor air quality is caused by pollution from a range of sources, including cars and other vehicles. This is why these options tackle the number of polluting vehicles coming into central Bristol.
The proposed options are one element of the wider environmental plans for Bristol, announced by the Mayor of Bristol on Clean Air Day.

The two options are:
Option 1 Clean Air Zone (private cars not charged)
    A zone in which older, more polluting buses, coaches, taxis, heavy goods vehicles and light goods vehicles would be charged. The proposed charges would apply 24 hours a day, seven days a week and would be charged once in each 24 hour period: Non-complaint taxis and LGVs would be charged £9, HGVs, coaches and buses £100.
Option 1 would also include:
    a 24 hour a day, seven days a week HGV weight restriction (for HGVs over 3.5 tonnes) on the worst polluted routes;
    All diesel car ban on Upper Maudlin Street and Park Row running from St James Barton roundabout to Park Street between 7am and 3pm, seven days a week (the ban would not apply to taxis, private hire and emergency vehicles);
    Bus and local traffic changes in the most polluting areas including an inbound bus lane on the M32, an inbound bus lane on Cumberland Road, and using existing traffic signals to control the amount of traffic entering congested areas with poor air quality;
    A scrappage scheme (up to £2,000) for private diesel cars. This would provide a grant towards a new vehicle or an alternative mode of transport (e.g. bus travel or purchasing a bike).
Option 2: Diesel car ban
Banning all diesel cars from driving in a specific central area (small zone) from 7am to 3pm, seven days a week (this would not apply to taxis/private hire or emergency services).
Other measures, including a scrappage scheme, could also be included.
A number of drop-in sessions have been held during July providing the opportunity to discuss the options in more detail. Two more sessions are to be held at:
Malcolm X Community Centre
141 City Rd, St Pauls BS2 8YH
Tuesday 30 July, 2.30–7.30pm
City Hall (Vestibule)
Just off Park St towards main entrance,
College Green, BS1 5TR
Tuesday 6 August, 2.30–6.30pm
For more details about these options, and to let the council know what you think go to:
bristol.gov.uk/trafficcleanairzone