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Bath Council introduces emissions-based parking charges

By Tom Gibson | September 12, 2023

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Owners of vehicles that emit a higher volume of carbon will now have to pay more for parking in Bath.

Bath Council introduces emissions-based parking charges

Bath Council has changed the way it charges for parking in the city centre – with owners of more polluting vehicles being charged more.

The changes are in addition to the Clean Air Zone that already operates in Bath and has raked in almost £10m since its introduction.

The charges are designed to encourage people to switch to cleaner vehicles and were brought in after around half of the 1,692 who responded to a local consultation voiced concerns about air quality.

You can check the CAZ status of your vehicle for Bath and other regions here.

Owners of the most polluting diesel cars will see prices rise by 47% from £1.70 per hour to £2.50 in council-owned car parks.

A similar scheme for residential parking permits is already in place in the city.

Bath City Council has introduced a higher rate of parking for some vehicles

Bath's eight car parks introducing emission-based variable pricing are:

Avon Street 

Bath Sports & Leisure Centre 

Cattle Market 

Charlotte Street 

Claverton Street 

Green Park Road 

Kingsmead Square 

Manvers Street 

All vehicles registered abroad that can't be checked against DVLA records will automatically be charged the highest price.

Cllr Manda Rigby said: 'Prices won't change for a lot of drivers, these new charges will only affect people bringing more polluting vehicles into our city.

'This approach is being adopted across the country but we're the only council remaining committed to offering cash payments for customers. We see it as really important to protect this.

'Our overall aim is to improve public safety by improving air quality and reducing congestion.'

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