Major British city introduces clean air zone from today – driving through it in the wrong vehicle could cost you £100

A MAJOR British city has introduced a new clean air zone that could see drivers fined £100 if they’re in the wrong vehicle.

Some private petrol and diesel cars will pay £9 per day for driving inside the zone – so too will taxis and Lare Goods Vehicles under 3.5 tonnes.

Bristol has today launched a clean air zone to combat emissions in the city centre

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Bristol has today launched a clean air zone to combat emissions in the city centreCredit: Getty Images

However, some HGV, bus and coach drivers will have to fork out as much as £100.

Bristol introduced the new zone today to cut emissions in the city and ensure cleaner air for everybody.

The charge applies 24 hours a day, seven days a week but non-compliant vehicles only get charged once per day.

Like London’s ULEZ, petrol cars with a Euro emissions rating of at least 4 will be exempt from the charge.

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Diesel cars are more severely hit because you’ll need a newer model of at least Euro 6 emissions status to drive in the zone for free.

Electric and hydrogen cars with no emissions also avoid paying the free, and motorbikes fall into that group too.

People living in the zone who earn less than £26,000 a year can also apply for an exemption from Bristol council.

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It is thought some 71% of cars in Bristol are already exempt from the fees.

Mayor of Bristol, Martin Rees said: “This is an important step on our journey to cleaner air and creating a healthier future for everyone in Bristol. 

“We need to reduce harmful pollution in the city and reach the legal limits set by Government in the shortest time possible, but we also want to give those who need it, a bit more time to prepare.

“That could mean upgrading or changing a vehicle or trying out different and more sustainable ways to travel instead.”

For more information on the zone, see Bristol City Council’s website.

The new zone (blue) will see some petrol and diesel cars charged £9 a day

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The new zone (blue) will see some petrol and diesel cars charged £9 a dayCredit: ESRI/BRISTOL.GOV.UK
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