Bristol's Clean Air Zone

Bristol operates a Clean Air Zone in the city centre area. 

The UK Government sets legal limits for pollution and as a result, Bristol is required to operate a Clean Air Zone to ensure it meets those limits in the shortest possible time. 

Further information about the Clean Air Zone in Bristol can be found on the Bristol City Council Clean Air Zone hub.

Will you be charged for driving in Bristol's Clean Air Zone?

Most vehicles won't be charged. Check your vehicle online, quickly and easily with the government's compliance checking tool (GOV.UK)

Check the Bristol Clean Air Zone map

View the Clean Air Zone map and find out which areas are chargeable (if not exempt).


A map showing the boundaries for the Clean Air Zone in Bristol - Credit Bristol City Council
Image: Bristol City Council

Check if your vehicle will be charged and how to pay

Over 71% of vehicles travelling into Bristol already meet the zone's emission standards. Only older and more polluting vehicles will be charged.

As a general guide, charges will NOT apply to:

  • Euro 4, 5 and 6 petrol vehicles, manufactured from 2006 onwards 
  • Euro 6 diesel vehicles, manufactured from 2015 onwards
  • Fully electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles
  • Modified or retrofitted vehicles registered with the Energy Saving Trust's Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme (CVRAS)  
  • Motorbikes

If you do need to pay, you can view the charges and how to pay using the link below. You will be able to pay the charge to enter Bristol's Clean Air Zone up to six days before or six days after your vehicle enters the zone. You will not receive any reminders and it is your responsibility to ensure you pay the charge if it applies to your vehicle.

Find out how to pay here

Travelling by Train and Public Transport

With the introduction of Bristol’s Clean Air Zone, let someone else do the (train) driving for you and help make sure everyone benefits from a more healthy and natural environment.

Did you know that a single train removes up to 500 cars from our roads? And that by taking a train instead of a car for a medium-length journey can cut your emissions by up to two thirds? Plus, you'll save on petrol and wear and tear costs on your car.

Find out more about travelling to Bristol by train here


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