Bristol could be first UK city to ban diesel cars
A new proposal seeks to prevent diesel cars driving in Bristol's city centre between 7am and 3pm.
In a bid to reduce its air pollution levels, Bristol City Council has approved a proposal which would restrict the movements of diesel cars.
All diesel cars would be prevented from driving on certain roads in the city centre between the hours of 7am and 3pm every day.
This restricted zone would include the M32, the old city, Redcliffe, Spike Island, the Harbourside and part of Hotwells.
With the exception of emergency vehicles and taxis, any vehicles caught straying into the zone between those times will incur a fine.
The proposed scheme still needs official approval from the government before it’s put into action in March 2021.
Bristol is one of several cities throughout the UK found to have illegal levels of air pollution from diesel traffic.
Diesel vehicles are the biggest single source of nitrogen oxide (NOx) pollution in the UK which has been linked to serious respiratory illnesses and causes thousands of premature deaths every year.
Further efforts to reduce the city’s levels of air pollution include the council’s promise to rollout a diesel vehicle scrappage scheme and the introduction of a wider Clean Air Zone around the city’s outer limits.
“The city is a pioneer on the UK’s mission to bring air pollution levels down, bravely going one-step further than London’s clean air zone policy,” said energy company Tonik’s COO Thomas Newby.
“This has set a precedent for cities across the UK and collaborative action is now needed to ensure this plan does not fall victim to policy paralysis.”
Source: This is Money