Clean Air Zone financial support
Clean Air Zone financial support
What financial support is available, who can apply, how to register your interest.
We're offering grants and loans to help people and businesses that need to replace vehicles that don’t meet the zone’s emission standards.
To get a grant or loan you must wait for us to contact you after registering your interest. Do not sell your vehicle and buy another one privately if you want to get financial support.
Grants and loans
We have agreed a £42m package of support with the government.
- £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||Total financial support available|
|Taxi Private Hire Vehicle||£1,500|
|Van or Light Goods Vehicle||£6,000|
|Heavy Goods Vehicle||£16,000|
Financial support will be a grant or a contribution to interest on a loan. Maximum grants are £1,500 for cars and £4,500 for vans.
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 Clean Air Zone.
You can use the funding to trade in your vehicle and buy a second hand vehicle from a dealership approved by our finance partners.
The terms of our financial support packages are set by central government and we are unable to offer any money for private car sales or retrospective grants if you’ve already replaced your vehicle.
Who can apply for loans and grants
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.
Small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and self-employed people based or working in the zone will be prioritised for business grants.
To be an SME you must meet at least two of the following conditions:
- the annual turnover must be no more than £36 million
- the balance sheet total must be no more than £18 million
- the average number of employees must be no more than 250
We may extend our support packages to other businesses and organisations outside the zone depending on the level of interest in our first round of loans and grants.
Taxi and private hire drivers
Loans and grants are only available for drivers licenced with Bristol City Council.
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.
We can help you reduce your car journeys with:
- free cycling trials
- eScooter credit
- bus taster tickets
Find out more and register for free active travel support.
Check the TravelWest site for existing support for:
If you need more information or help to prepare for the Clean Air Zone:
- email CAZSupport@bristol.gov.uk
- write to Transport Engagement Team, PO Box 3399, Bristol, BS1 9NE