Clean Air Zone charges

No vehicles are banned from entering Bristol’s Clean Air Zone but older and more polluting vehicles have to pay a daily charge.

  • Charges do not apply to Euro 4, 5 and 6 petrol vehicles (roughly 2006 onwards).
  • Charges do not apply to Euro 6 diesel vehicles (roughly end of 2015 onwards).

Charges apply 24 hours a day (midnight to midnight), seven days a week, 365 days a year.

There is only one charge for entering the zone in each 24 hour period.

We estimate over 71% of vehicles are already compliant and so only a minority of vehicles driving in the Clean Air Zone will be charged. In subsequent years this percentage will increase as more people take advantage of financial support to switch to a cleaner vehicle or different mode of transport.

Check your vehicle

Use the government’s Clean Air Zone Checker to check if your vehicle will be charged to drive in Bristol’s Clean Air Zone.


  • Private cars £9
  • Taxis £9
  • LGVs £9
  • HGVs £100
  • Buses £100
  • Coaches £100
  • Motorcycles no charge

If you live within the zone area and drive an older more polluting car you will only be charged if you make a journey.

Charges from Bristol’s Clean Air Zone are collected by government who remove the costs of running the central system. The remaining money is returned to Bristol City Council to cover the costs of operating the zone. We will invest any surplus revenue in improving local transport and sustainable travel options.

If a vehicle has to travel into the zone because of an official diversion from a road outside the zone, for example the M5, the vehicle will not be charged.

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