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Bristol ULEZ Guide - What You Need to Know

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The city of Bristol is a bustling hub of activity with plenty to offer for residents and visitors alike. However, with growing concerns about air pollution and its impact on public health, the city has recently introduced the Bristol Ultra Low Emission Zone (try our free ULEZ calculator). If you're living in Bristol or planning a visit, it's important to understand what the ULEZ is, how it works, and what it means for you. In this guide, we'll cover everything you need to know about the Bristol ULEZ.

What is the Bristol ULEZ?

The Bristol ULEZ is a designated zone within the city centre where certain types of vehicles are restricted based on their emissions. It covers the city centre area bounded by the inner ring road and is designed to improve air quality and reduce harmful emissions. The ULEZ operates 24/7, 365 days a year, and non-compliant vehicles are charged a daily fee to enter the zone.

Which vehicles are affected?

The vehicles affected by the Bristol ULEZ are those that do not meet the minimum emissions standards. This includes older petrol and diesel vehicles that do not meet Euro 4 emissions standards. Generally, petrol cars that were registered before 2006 and diesel cars registered before 2015 will be affected. However, it's important to check your vehicle's emissions before entering the ULEZ to avoid any charges.

How does it work?

To enter the Bristol ULEZ, your vehicle must meet the minimum emissions standards or you will be required to pay a daily charge. This can be paid online or through an automated phone system. The daily fee is £9 for cars, taxis, and vans, and £100 for buses, coaches, and lorries. Failure to pay the daily fee will result in a penalty charge notice (PCN) of £120, reduced to £60 if paid within 14 days.

What does it mean for residents and visitors of Bristol?

The Bristol ULEZ has been introduced to improve air quality and reduce emissions in the city centre. This means that as a resident, you may need to consider upgrading your car if it does not meet the minimum emissions standards. Visitors to the city should also check their vehicle's emissions before entering the ULEZ to avoid any charges. The money raised from the daily charges will be reinvested in public transport and measures to reduce emissions in the city.

The Bristol ULEZ is an important initiative aimed at improving air quality in the city centre. It's important for residents and visitors to understand what the ULEZ is, which vehicles are affected, how it works, and what it means for them. By taking steps to reduce harmful emissions, we can all contribute to a cleaner and healthier environment. Remember to check your vehicle's emissions before entering the Bristol ULEZ and pay the daily charge if required.

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