Bristol Drivers Face Diesel Ban

Wed 30th Oct 2019

Drivers in one of the UK’s busiest cities could be banned from entering with a diesel vehicle if local officials see their plans progressed.

Bristol is aiming to be the first diesel-free urban district in a move to improve the city’s air quality, with vehicles prohibited from entering central areas between 7am and 3pm every day.

In a similar scheme to London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), Bristol’s council is also hoping to push through plans which would see a wider charging zone for certain commercial vehicles which don’t meet specific emissions standards.

Like London, the zones would be enforced via number plate checking technology which will identify whether a vehicle meets the set standard.

Marvin Rees, mayor of Bristol, said: “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 considered.

“If approved, mitigation measures will support those most affected, especially those living in the most deprived communities.”

The plans will go to council for approval on November 5th and could be implemented by mid-2021 with those falling foul of the standards being fined.