Our preferred approach is to encourage citizens and businesses to sustain the recent, less polluting travel behaviour that we have seen. We plan to support this with some further improvements to roads around the city that will tackle routes with the worst pollution and make it easier to walk, cycle or use public transport. We are calling these ‘Fast Track’ measures. However uncertainties surrounding the ongoing impact of the pandemic and people’s travel patterns mean we must consider additional measures, in case these are needed to enable us to comply with our legal duties.
In 2019 we asked for feedback on two options to lower air pollution in the city. The 2019 options were a clean air zone (CAZ) in which the most polluting HGVs, buses, coaches, light goods vehicles (LGVs) and taxis (but not private cars) would be charged (2019 option 1) and a diesel car ban (2019 option 2). You can read about the 2019 options on the council’s Consultation and Engagement Hub.
Since 2019, we have done further modelling and identified two new zone options which would involve charging the most polluting vehicles if they drive into central Bristol. Our work so far indicates that these new options for a charging CAZ could improve air quality at least as quickly as those put forward in 2019.
In this survey (www.bristol.gov.uk/caz2020), we are asking for your views on the 2020 charging CAZ options. We must consult now – before we know if these additional options are needed – because we must have plans in place to reduce pollution to within legal limits in the shortest possible time.
This consultation is your chance to tell us what you think about the new options we propose for improving air quality in Bristol.
While we consult, we will continue to monitor changes in traffic and air quality and our technical work is ongoing to estimate more precisely what the date of compliance would be for each of the new charging CAZ options. We will be legally required to put in place the option which is shown by the technical work to achieve compliance in the shortest possible time.