Bath & North East Somertset Council

Bath Breathes 2021 - Overview

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Since March 2018, we’ve been talking to you about a clean air zone for Bath that will help to urgently reduce nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in the city - a type of air pollution which can worsen heart and lung conditions and trigger asthma attacks.

While the CAZ specifically tackles rising vehicle emissions in Bath's city centre, air quality will improve across the whole city. The zone is also just the start of a wider journey to tackle climate emergency and improve the environment for everyone who lives and works in Bath & North East Somerset.  

About the Clean Air Zone 

After significant consultation with the public, the council has decided on a class C clean air zone (CAZ), charging most higher-emission vehicles to drive in the city centre from late 2020. Private cars and motorbikes will not be charged. 

The scheme also features proposals to reduce the flow of traffic into Queen Square (enabling private cars to be exempt from charges), and a range of support to lessen the impact of the zone and encourage a shift to cleaner travel and transport.

This includes a financial assistance scheme for those affected by charges.

Public consultation

In Sept/Oct 2019 we held a public consultation on the final details of the scheme, including the draft charging order which will form the legal basis for enforcing the zone when it’s launched. We're now considering feedback before submitting the final plan to central government in January 2020. This is later than the planned December date, due to the general election. 

Find out more

The following pages outline the scheme in more detail:

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