Bristol City Council will present two potential Clean Air Zone options to the Bristol Cabinet, one of which, if implemented, would see a ban on diesel cars in Bristol city centre.
With the aim of meeting Government-set targets for air quality, ‘Option 1’ suggests implementing an emissions charging zone for all but private motorists, while ‘Option 2’ suggests a diesel ban.
As well as an emissions charging zone, Option 1 also suggests improving Bristol’s bus and taxi fleets to meet Euro 6 regulations, providing diversions for bus and taxi routes in the city’s most polluted areas and issuing a targeted diesel ban for the highway which runs past the Bristol Royal Infirmary and Children’s Hospital.
A charging scheme for non-compliant buses, taxis and HGVs is also included in the Option 1 proposal, along with the construction of a new bus lane on the M32 and a local scrappage scheme grant for drivers of older, non-compliant vehicles.
Option 2 proposes banning diesel cars from entering a “specific central area” of the city between the hours of 7am and 3pm. It also suggests banning HGVs from using specific, highly polluted routes, providing bus priority measures and either replacing or upgrading all non-compliant buses and taxis to meet Euro emissions regulations.
Bristol City Council will launch a six-week public consultation programme from 1 July, giving locals the chance to voice their opinion on the proposal. Following the consultation, the public’s preferred option will be presented to the Cabinet in September.
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “These options will allow us to meet Government air quality improvement targets, but we must and will do more to improve the air quality in our city for all citizens. I look forward to sharing a wider environmental plan soon, where we will commit to working in partnership with city partners for the benefit of all.”
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