New car tax changes have been approved which will see motorists being charged with a £9 daily fee.
Petrol and diesel owners must pay a daily charge to use the roads in Bristol city centre.
The city’s council has approved plans for a Clean Air Zone with their proposals now submitted to the government to be signed off.
In the new CAZ D system, it will include charges for private vehicles too.
Bristol City Council said the scheme offers a balance between supporting businesses and changing driver behaviour to improve air quality.
Mayor Marvin Rees claimed the changes would have an impact on both drivers and businesses.
However, he has called for everyone to make changes to their lives to help deliver clean air for the city.
The Major said: “We have a moral and legal responsibility to make our air cleaner and the submission of this Full Business Case is a significant intervention to improve public health.
“We recognise that these proposals will impact on individuals and businesses. We’re now calling on the government to provide the funding needed to help us support these people.
“We’re grateful to the thousands of individuals and businesses who took part in our Clean Air Zone consultation and we want to continue working together on our journey towards a healthier city.”
He continued: “We cannot take on the task of delivering clean air alone – we need all of Bristol’s help if we are to protect each other from dangerous pollution and toxic fumes.
“We want everyone to look at the changes they can make to their own lifestyles.”
Under the new scheme, no cars will be completely banned from entering the city centre and not everyone will be charged.
Bristol City Council said petrol cars newer than 2005 and diesel models newer than 2014 will be exempt from the charges.
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It is predicted as many as 71% of cars are already compliant with this number set to decrease much more.
As part of the transition into the changes, the council will support those who will be most affected by the fees.
Those who earn less than £24,000 a year or less than £12.45 per hour will be able to apply for a one-year exemption.
Drivers will not be required to pay if they regularly pass through the charging zone for hospital visits.