Bristol City Council’s Cabinet is considering plans that will set out a Clean Air Zone in the city.
The Council believe the proposals, which recommend a small diesel ban for privately owned vehicles, as well as a charging zone for non-compliant commercial vehicles, is the fastest route to improvement of air quality, and the best way to hit targets for legal limits of nitrogen oxide (NO2).
In the plan set out by Bristol City Council, it is recommended that the city becomes the UK’s first to introduce a small area diesel ban for privately owned vehicles, along with the charging zone for commercial vehicles including HGVs, LGVs and buses that don’t meet the requirements of the Clean Air Zone.
A car scrappage scheme is also set to be launched as part of the scheme.
Marvin Rees, the Mayor of Bristol, believes that this plan will protect the most vulnerable from pollution.
He said: “These ambitious plans demonstrate our commitment to tackling air pollution so we meet legal limits within the shortest time, without disproportionally 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.”
Other measures to tackle air quality by way of improving and prioritising public transport options are suggested within the plan, supporting the Mayor’s pledge to increase the number of people using public transport.
Bristol is one of a number of cities looking to improve its carbon footprint; if the outline business case is approved, it will be submitted to the Joint Air Quality Unit, who the Council will work with to prepare a full business case for submission next year.