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Bristol pushes ahead with plans for clean air zones

Bristol City Council is assessing different options for deploying a clean air zone in the city to tackle illegal levels of air pollution.

Bristol is looking at four different options for charging clean air zones as well as the potential for a non-charging zone.

Bristol is looking at four different options for charging clean air zones as well as the potential for a non-charging zone.

The council was one of 27 that were named in Defra’s clean air plans – published last July – and told that they needed to undertake action to consider the best option to achieve statutory nitrogen dioxide limit values within the shortest possible time. This included the requirement to undertake a feasibility study and identify options by 31 March 2018 and identify a preferred option by the end of this year.

Work carried out by the council has now identified five possible options, which include a non-charging clean air zone as well as small or medium-sized clean air zones for HGVs and LGVs along with the possibility of cars. Vehicles compliant with Euro 6 (for diesel) and Euro 4 (petrol) standards would be exempt from charges.

The council will now proceed with assessment – including which options are most likely to help achieve air quality compliance with the legal limit for nitrogen dioxide in the shortest possible time – and seek the views of residents, businesses, transport operators on a preferred option.  This will then go under formal public consultation prior to any decision on implementation.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “There is no single solution to our air pollution problem in Bristol so we must look at this issue from many different angles.

“Now we need to agree the right approach for Bristol, which fits with national policy and is fair for everyone travelling around our city and particularly does not have a detrimental impact on low income households.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.