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Consultation on Bath Clean Air Zone

September 29, 2019 2:12 PM

Recommendations to exempt cars from being charged to drive in the proposed CAZ in Bath were previously agreed by Bath and North East Somerset councillors.

So as of the end of 2020 charges will apply to lorries, buses, taxis and vans unless their exhaust emissions are clean enough to be exempted.

'Vans' includes pick-ups, some 4x4s, campervans, motorhomes and horse boxes.

This will cause an increase in polluting vehicles avoiding Bath and travelling through West Wiltshire, though it's not clear at the moment how many more lorries etc would appear on our roads.

We'd previously suggested excluding Cleveland Bridge so lorries could take the A46 - A36 route without being charged. BaNES have not done this - in fact they've extended the charging zone both in the Warminster Road and Bathwick Hill areas, and on the Wellsway approach to the city.

Charges for higher emission vehicles to drive in the zone will be £100 for buses, coaches and HGVs and £9 for LGVs/vans, private hire vehicles and taxis.

Depending on the amount of government funding there may be grants available to help operators of older vehicles upgrade. These would be available to Wiltshire residents and businesses.

This final consultation (before the statutory stage) closes on October 20th.