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Bath & North East Somertset Council

Support for the community

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Support for the community

As part of Bath’s clean air plan, we’re committed to asking the government to fund a package of measures that will support cleaner air by encouraging people to use alternative travel and to upgrade pre-euro 4 cars.

We're also offering limited concessions for some drivers of private pre-euro 4/5 diesel vans or minibuses.

The support listed below reflects the priorities expressed by residents and commuters during a public consultation in 2018.

Financial support

Subject to a successful bid for funding:

  • Grants of £2,000 to help households upgrade pre-euro 4 petrol and diesel cars to a compliant car, with priority given to low-income households.

Concessions for vulnerable groups

Vulnerable groups driving private euro 4/5 diesel vans/minibuses and not eligible for the interest free loan scheme would be able to register for a concession until 31 December 2022. This includes:

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

Encouraging alternative travel

Subject to funding:

  • Advice to households on making the switch to low emission vehicles and more sustainable modes of travel
  • Extended opening hours at the park & ride sites, including secure overnight parking
  • A free park & ride concession to encourage more peak-time use
  • Support to revise/extend residents’ parking zones
  • Additional and improved EV charging points, including the development of an on-street charging policy
  • Additional improvements to walking and cycling routes
  • Additional and improved cycle parking, including secure cycle parking/electric cycle charging
  • Walk/scoot/cycle-to-school initiative, including a review of potential no driving zones by schools
  • Traffic signal control optimisation to prioritise public transport

In addition:

  • Additional retrofitting of older buses to ensure a clean buses across the city
  • Anti-idling enforcement to directly improve air quality
  • Weight restriction enforcement to stop inappropriate rat running

More information

Overview of the scheme

Support for business

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