Bristol’s Clean Air Zone began operating in November 2022.

Bristol City Council are supporting businesses and organisations with financial support and can provide advice on ensuring staff, suppliers and customers are Clean Air Zone ready.

Financial support

We have £32 million of funding to help businesses upgrade vehicles. Our support scheme is designed to significantly reduce the final cost of either replacing or adapting vehicles that don’t meet the zone’s emission standards.

For many businesses, upgrading to a vehicle that meets the zone’s emission standards could be a cost-effective alternative to paying the charge over the longer term.

Electric vehicles

You don’t have to drive an electric vehicle to enter the Clean Air Zone but if you’re considering switching to electric, we can help.

  • Bristol’s free electric vehicle trial scheme
    We’re offering organisations in Bristol the chance to try an electric vehicle for free. The scheme is designed to help you decide if an electric vehicle is the right choice for your organisation. Leases include free insurance cover and last from four to eight weeks.Find out more about the electric vehicle trial scheme.
  • Guide to ‘going electric’
    We’ve compiled a list of helpful guides and practical advice from a range of independent online resources. Find out what it’s like to drive an electric vehicle, what range you can get from various vehicles and access funding to help you go electric. Go electric guide for businesses.

Sustainable travel

Free sustainable travel advice and support is available to all businesses in the West of England via Travelwest.

Increasing the number of people walking, cycling, using public transport and car-sharing in your organisation has several benefits:

  • Improved staff health and wellbeing and reduced sickness and absenteeism
  • Reduced required car parking provision and associated cost
  • Increased staff morale and productivity
  • Reduced business travel time and cost
  • Reduced congestion and air pollution
  • Improved environmental credentials for your organisation

Find out more about sustainable travel support on the Travelwest website.