A decade to reduce air pollution on Bristol’s streets

Bristol City Council’s clean air plan modelling shows that the city’s nitrogen dioxide levels would not reach legal compliance until 2028/2029 under proposed plans.

The council has said that this is ‘unexpected’ and it will ‘further review available options’.

The authority is currently consulting on two options for a Clean Air Zone (CAZ) in the city. The first option is a class C CAZ, which would see buses, coaches and HGVs charged to enter the zone. Taxis and LGVs would be charged a lesser amount and private cars would not be charged.

Option two would see diesel cars banned from the city centre for eight hours a day.

The council has published the data alongside the public consultation that is currently underway on the two plans. The modelling, undertaken independently, predicts that under a CAZ many streets in the city that currently breach limits will still not reach compliance well into the 2020s.

More information on Bristol City Council’s website.

Further resources and information about how CAZs will impact the fleet sector are available on the BVRLA website, as is the association’s helpful interactive CAZ map which shows the current status of clean air plans across the UK.