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Clean Air Zone financial support

Clean Air Zone financial support

What financial support is available, who can apply, how to register your interest.

We’ll make grants and loans available to help people and businesses prepare for the Clean Air Zone by upgrading to a compliant vehicle. 

View a map of Bristol's Clean Air Zone.

Grants and loans

We have agreed a £42m package of support with the government.
It includes:

  • £1.8 million of loans and grants to help people who need to change their vehicle 
  • £32 million for businesses to upgrade HGVs, LGVs, taxis and private hire vehicles
  • £5.9 million to help people switch to public transport and make more journeys by walking or cycling with free electric bike loans, cycle training and free bus tickets

Our support scheme is designed to significantly reduce the final cost of either replacing or adapting vehicles that don’t meet the zone’s emission standards.

For many individuals or businesses, upgrading to a vehicle that meets the zone’s emission standards could be a cost-effective alternative to paying the charge over the longer term.

Clean Air Zone support by vehicle type

Vehicle type Grant per vehicle Loan per vehicle Funding award
Car £2,000 £5,000 £879,189
Taxi PHV £1,500 £9,000 £1m
Taxi Hackney £4,000 £9,000 £1.3m
LGV (vans and larger vehicles under 3.5 tonnes) £4,000 £16,000 £9.6m
HGV £16,000 £26,000 £743,772
Coach £16,000 £35,000 £1.1m
Bus retrofit - - £2m

Eligible residents and businesses will be able to apply for the maximum grant or the maximum loan. The council will pay the interest on all loans.

Priority will be given to individuals, sole traders, charities and small businesses located in the Bristol City Council area and neighbouring areas, or with premises in the zone.

Who can apply for loans and grants

Individuals

If you work in the Clean Air Zone and earn less than £26,000, you’ll be prioritised in our first round of funding. 

This will increase to £27,000 in the spring 2022.

Businesses

Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and self-employed people based in the zone will be prioritised for business grants. A SME is any enterprise with up to 250 employees. 

We may extend this to other businesses and organisations in the spring depending on how many loans and grants have already been granted.

Register your interest

Check our Clean Air Zone charges and vehicle checker page to see if your current vehicle would be charged.

If it would be charged, you can register your interest for financial support and we’ll get back to you in early 2022.

Sustainable travel options

The government have given us funding to encourage more people to walk, cycle and use public transport. More details coming soon.

Check the TravelWest site for existing support for:

More information

If you need more information or help to prepare for the Clean Air Zone: