Bristol City Council agrees to ban ALL diesel cars

Privately-owned diesels to be banned between 7am and 3pm every day

Bristol City Council agrees to ban ALL diesel cars
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Bristol has taken a step closer to becoming the UK’s first city to ban all diesel vehicles.

Bristol City Council this week voted to introduce restrictions across the city from 2021.

Privately-owned diesel vehicles will be banned from entering a central area of the city between 7am and 3pm every day.

The council has also adopted a wider charging zone for commercial vehicles which don’t meet specific emissions standards, with vans and taxis facing a £9 fee and HGVs facing a £100 charge.

Scrappage scheme

A car scrappage scheme is set to be introduced alongside the ban.

The council is yet to decided on how much diesel drivers will be fined for driving through the restriction zone.

The vote is subject to government approval, following consultation with local residents and businesses.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “We have a moral, we have an ecological and we have a legal duty to clean up the air we breathe.

“Tackling air pollution”

“These ambitious plans demonstrate our commitment to tackling air pollution so we meet legal limits within the shortest time, without disproportionately affecting citizens on lower incomes which would happen with a blanket approach to charging vehicles.

“Protecting the most vulnerable people from pollution is central to these plans and we have ensured that all impacts have been carefully.”

The ban has attracted fierce criticism from the motor industry.

“Unprecedented” impact

Nicholas Lyes, head of roads policy at the RAC, said: “We recognise that efforts must be made to clean up the city’s air but as things stand, the impact of the proposals published today on people who currently drive diesel vehicles would be unprecedented.

“Major routes into, out of, and even around the city – like Temple Way and Brunel Way – would become out of bounds, with diesel vehicles forced onto other roads, which risks causing congestion problems where they don’t exist at the moment.”

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  • #187912 Reply

    This is a joke right??
    This is the most ridiculous, stupid, misinformed, deluded statement since they declared the Titanic “Unsinkable”. No way has Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol thought this thru. It will hit the retail industry hard within the “Zone” & it will force people to use out of town retail sites.
    This is just another example of politicians jumping on the “Green” bandwagon with out knowing the full facts & to gain favour with the “Yoghurt knitters” … modern day diesel cars that conform to Euro VI emissions limits hardly produce any emissions at all … compared to modes of “Public Transport”

    Hopefully Marvin Rees will choke on his “Linda Mccartney” sausage before he has time to implement this crazy policy.

    #187913 Reply
    david evans

    i agree with previous comment, it is utterly ridiculous to ban all private cars and also discriminatory none of this legislation in any cities affect the rich people who just carry on regardless

    #187914 Reply

    We have had two mayor’s, and it’s been disastrous both
    Times, surly it’s time to call it a day,
    The government said that they would give them special
    Powers, to what, had. Us all with them, marvin Reese
    As deluded as his master Corbyn, a.thry do is make people’s
    Lives a living misery, this is a leftist agenda, disease
    Can run far more cleanly on other fuels. The agenda of the
    Mafia EU is now electric, they have to rid us of cars
    By focil fuels, to make a whole other industry
    For the corporate to steal from us, this is a bog mistake,
    Big mistake, he’s gone too far. We need to get rid of major
    For bristol.

    #188101 Reply
    Matthew Hutton

    If this is the case how am l to work in Bristol, doing what I do, I need access to the city is a must for my business??

    #188327 Reply
    Eddie Bamber

    If you can’t get into the city in your diesel car, stay at home and play on the free broadband that Labour are proposing instead.

    #189583 Reply

    I understand the need for lower emissions but scrapping perfectly useable vehicles to replace them, how much emissions will that cause making new vehicles or is it a case if ‘they are made elsewhere, so it doesn’t affect us.

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