Bath & North East Somertset Council


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We’re proposing a Class D Clean Air Zone, which means that all higher emission buses, coaches, HGVs, private hire vehicles, taxis, LGVs/vans and cars would be charged when driving in the proposed zone from the end of 2020.

Not all vehicles would be charged (this is not a congestion charge). Charging depends on whether or not an individual vehicle meets the Government’s minimum emissions standards to travel freely in a Clean Air Zone (see below).

Charges would not affect everyone

Some of you will already drive lower emission vehicles, cycle or take public transport, so would not be affected by the charging zone.

Many of you will naturally change to lower emission vehicles over the next few years. In fact, research tells us that by 2021, zone charges would affect only 25% of vehicles. 75% of vehicles will already be compliant.

Proposed charges

  • £9 for higher emission, non-compliant cars, taxis and LGVs/vans
  • £100 for higher emission, non-compliant buses, coaches and HGVs

Charges would apply once in every 24-hour period (midnight to midnight) when entering or driving in the zone. This would apply 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

If your vehicle is parked in the zone and does not move, you would not pay the charge.

The proposed charges are not designed to raise income for the Council, but to make the required air quality and health improvements by 2021 at the latest.

Vehicles that would not be charged in the zone

Drivers of the following vehicles would not be charged when driving in the proposed zone because they meet minimum emission standards i.e. they are compliant, lower emission vehicles:

  • Euro 6 diesel vehicles, including hybrids (registered from approx. 2015)
  • Euro 4, 5 or 6 petrol vehicle, including hybrids (registered from approx. 2006)
  • Fully electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles

Vehicles that would be charged in the zone

Drivers of the following higher emission vehicles would be charged to drive in the zone because they do not meet the minimum emissions standards:

  • Pre-Euro 6 diesel vehicles, including hybrids (older than approx. 2015)
  • Pre-Euro 4 petrol vehicles, including hybrids (older than approx. 2006)

National and proposed local exemptions would apply. In addition, local concessions would give certain groups more time to adapt.

See Exemptions and concessions

This is all in accordance with the Government’s Clean Air Zone Framework guidance.

Check your vehicle's Euro standard

We strongly recommend that you contact your vehicle’s manufacturer to confirm its Euro standard. The date of manufacture, which indicates the Euro standard, is not the same as the date of registration.

You can also use an online vehicle checker, but we cannot guarantee accuracy. 

How we set the proposed charges

The charge levels are based on considerable analysis of data, including results of a survey completed by more than 1,000 local drivers of higher emission vehicles.

They are just high enough to encourage drivers of higher emission vehicles to use alternative travel or change their vehicle, and would deter unnecessary short cuts through the city centre.

More information

Find more information on proposed charges in our frequently asked questions.

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