Bath & North East Somertset Council

Overview of the scheme

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Overview of the scheme

A class C clean air zone will see charges for all higher emission vehicles, except cars, driving in the centre of Bath from late 2020.

To meet the strict air quality targets set for us (while exempting cars) traffic management is also required at Queen Square.

In addition, we’re seeking significant government funding for a package of measures to lessen the impact of the zone on the community and support a shift to cleaner transport.

The plan has been shaped by public feedback following extensive engagement and a public consultation in October/November of last year.

The zone boundary

The proposed zone includes the centre of Bath, but air quality would improve across the whole city. The boundary has been amended to take account of feedback during the consultation. See a map of the zone.

Charges and charging policy

  • Charges for higher emission vehicles would apply once in every 24-hour period (03.00am to 03.00am) when entering or driving in the zone
  • Charges will apply 7 days a week, 365 days a year
  • Charges and charging policy remains consistent with the original proposal
    • £100/day for higher emission buses, coaches and HGVs
    • £9/day for higher emission LGVs/vans, private hire vehicles and taxis
  • Drivers of non-compliant vehicles will need to pay online within 24 hours of driving in the zone
  • If payment is not arranged within that time, we’re proposing a penalty charge notice rate of £120 (plus the zone entry fee). This would be reduced by 50% to £60 (plus entry fee) if paid within 14 days, in line with legislation
  • Charges will not apply if your vehicle is parked in the zone but does not move

Compliant vehicles (not charged)

The following compliant vehicles would not be charged:

  • Euro 6 diesel vehicles (registered from approx. 2015 - less than c.4 years old)
  • Euro 4,5 or 6 petrol vehicles (registered from approx. 2006 - less than c.13 years old)

Non-compliant vehicles (charged)

  • Pre-euro 6 diesel vehicles (older than approx. 2015 - more than c.4 years old)
  • Pre-euro 4 petrol vehicles (older than approx. 2006 - more than c.13 years old)
  • National and local exemptions and concessions apply (see below)

How to check your euro standard

We strongly recommend that you contact your vehicles’ 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.


  • National exemptions will apply for vehicles within the disabled passenger and historic vehicle tax classes
  • Local exemptions will apply for cars, motorcycles/mopeds and vehicles driven by disabled people
  • All hybrid cars (including PHVs/taxis) will now be locally exempt from charges – amended from the original proposal.


  • Euro 4/5 diesel accessible taxis would not be charged until 1 January 2023
  • Vulnerable groups driving private Euro 4/5 diesel vans/minibuses etc. and not eligible for the interest-free loan scheme would be able to register for a concession until 1 January 2023

This includes:

  • Registered blue badge holders
  • Registered healthcare providers and
  • Registered community transport providers.

Traffic management at Queen Square

For this scheme to be compliant with the government’s directive, traffic management is required at Queen Square. Traffic lights will be placed at the junctions with the A367 Chapel Row/ Princes Street, and at Queen Square Place.

Mitigations and support

 Subject to government funding, we're putting in place:

  • Practical and financial support for businesses to upgrade pre-euro 6 vehicles
  • Measures to lessen the impact on residents, support clean air and encourage a shift to alternative modes of travel

As we progress our Clean Air Plan some details may change. Please check this website regularly for updates.

The legal charging order

Many of the details above (excluding the mitigations and support) will be the subject of a legal charging order that will be available for the public to review for four weeks, starting 24 June 2019.

The charging order is a legal document which allows the approved class C charging CAZ to be enforced, and a draft of this document is currently being written.

During the review, we'll hold several events for you to find out more, look at detailed plans of the zone's boundary, see the proposed signage, and offer feedback. It's worth noting that while there is limited scope to change the approved scheme at this point, we're keen to hear your thoughts.

Once the review period is closed - and any comments have been given due consideration - the charging order will be made and it will set out in law how the clean air zone will work. It will form part of the final business case that will be presented to government for approval in August. See have your say for more details. 

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