We recognise a lot of small businesses in particular will have difficulty converting or replacing small vans or HGVs. Many of these businesses will be based outside Bristol but need to travel into Bristol. We will be engaging with Bristol’s business community throughout the Clean Air Plan’s development to assess the impact of any potential charging zone. We will also continue to liaise with the government, applying for grant funding when it is available, to ensure we can support businesses transition to using low-emission vehicles.
It’s important to consider the impacts of a charging scheme an all sectors of society, and the study will report on this, but we do have to take action to secure improvements in public health which may mean restricting movements of polluting vehicles.