We appreciate that the introduction of a charging Clean Air Zone will be challenging for some people.

We’ll do what we can to support people who are most impacted, including low income workers, small businesses and residents inside the zone.

Visitors to hospitals within the zone will be exempt from the charge.

There’ll be grants, interest-free loans and exemptions (subject to Full Business Case approval) for people including:

  • residents and businesses within the zone
  • residents and businesses travelling into the zone for work
  • individuals earning less than £26,000 a year

The exemptions are to give time for people to take advantage of financial support to upgrade to less polluting vehicles.

We’ll share more information about exemptions and the financial support to help people switch to a cleaner vehicle once our business case is approved in autumn 2021.

You can find information on what support has already been agreed on the Bristol City Council website.

Buying a new car

If you are considering buying a new car, you should consider the costs over the lifetime of the vehicle. The upfront cost of a diesel or petrol car may be lower than that of an equivalent electric vehicle, but the cost of running an electric car is much lower.

Find out more about electric vehicle grants for businesses and residents on the Travelwest website.