Bath & North East Somertset Council

Overview of the scheme

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Bath's clean air zone

A class C clean air zone will see charges for most higher emission vehicles driving in the centre of Bath from 4 November 2020. Cars and motorbikes (excluding taxis/PHVs) will not be charged regardless of their emission standards.

To meet the strict air quality targets set for us (while exempting cars from charges) we're also proposing to temporarily reduce traffic flows into Queen Square and Gay Street.

In addition, we've received significant government funding for a package of support to lessen the impact of the zone on the community and support a shift to cleaner travel and transport. This includes a financial assistance scheme to help those affected by charges to upgrade to compliant vehicles.

The plan has been shaped by public feedback following extensive engagement and a public consultation in autum 2018, and again in autumn 2019. You can address any questions you have to a team memberat one of our regular drop-in events. You can also email questions to

The zone boundary

The zone includes the centre of Bath, but air quality would improve across the whole city. The boundary has been amended since the original consultation in autumn 2018 to take account of feedback and for further technical reasons.

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Queen Square 

For this scheme to be compliant with the government’s directive, it's necessary to temporarily reduce traffic flows through Queen Square and Gay Street.

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Charges and charging policy 

Charges will only apply to higher emission vehicles that don’t meet Bath’s minimum emission standards. Cars (excluding taxis/PHVs) and motorbikes will not be charged in the zone, regardless of their emission standards. 

Charges will be £100 a day for non-compliant buses, HGVs and coaches and £9 a day for non-compliant taxis, PHVs, vans (including pick-ups and campervans), minibuses and light goods vehicles.

Charges will apply once in every 24-hour period when driving in the zone, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Exemptions and concessions apply.

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Exemptions and concessions

National and local exemptions apply in the zone. This includes vehicles for disabled people and vehicles serving vital services. Exemptions also exist for special vehicles that are very hard to replace. 

Time-limited concessions will be available for euro 4/5 diesel wheelchair accessible taxis, euro 4/5 diesel vehicles used by registered blue badge holders, and euro 4/5 diesel vehicles used for work purposes by registered healthcare and community transport providers not otherwise exempt.  

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Support and mitigation

We are securing government funds for initiatives that will lessen the impact of the zone on the community and encourage a shift to more sustainable transport. This includes a financial assistance scheme to help local businesses and individuals affected by charges to upgrade non-compliant vehicles to compliant ones.

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News and streetwork

Catch up on the latest CAZ news, and keep up-to-date with the scheduled street work that’s required to install cameras, cabling and signage around the zone’s boundary.

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