Petrol and diesel drivers face daily costs to enter Bristol low emission zone

Motorists often have to pay a fee to enter certain city centres due to low emission zones.

London enforced its Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) which charges drivers who enter parts of the capital.

Now it so happens Bristol launched its Clean Air Zone with the council looking to slash emissions.

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Private petrol and diesel cars will face a daily charge of £9, in addition to taxis and LGVs under 3.5 tones.

Some motorists, namely HGV, bus and coach drivers, will face a daily charge of £100.

Fees will apply 24 hours a day, seven days a week and non-compliant vehicles would only be charged once in a day.

Hugh Griffiths, consumer editor at carwow, said Bristol's Clean Air Zone has "noble intentions" but warned thousands of drivers would be hit with daily charges.

Around 29% of those who regularly enter the zone drive non-compliant petrol and diesel vehicles.

He added: "It's clear that thousands of people will be faced with either having to upgrade their cars, lorries and vans, or pay £9 to £100 for the privilege of driving in their own city.

"True, there's a £1.8million fund to help people upgrade their cars, and a £32m pot for businesses to buy cleaner trucks and taxis."

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Charges will not apply to Euro 4, 5 and 6 petrol cars, which are those manufactured from 2006 onwards.

As for diesel vehicles, Euro 6 is the benchmark with vehicles made after 2015 not required to pay charges.

Drivers in Bristol are also being offered the chance to apply for temporary exemption from their local hospital.

University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS FT wrote on Twitter that patients whose vehicles don't meet the zone's emissions standards can register for a temporary exemption using machines in their main reception areas.

Temporary exemptions are available for Bristol residents until March 31, 2023.

Around 95,000 motorists received a letter telling them about the Clean Air Zone.

Hugh continued: "The city's CAZ currently occupies a small, central area, but Bristolians who want a picture of the future should look to London, where the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) has already gone through one expansion, with a further, massive growth coming in 2023 to encompass the entire city."

London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced last week the expansion of the ULEZ would go ahead which will see many drivers charged in the capital.

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