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Traffic Clean Air proposals put forward by Bristol City Council
Traffic Clean Air proposals put forward by Bristol City Council

Traffic Clean Air proposals put forward by Bristol City Council

Bristol City Council is giving businesses, and other interested stakeholders the chance to express their views on two Traffic Clean Air Zone proposals.

The consultation, which ends on 12 August, examines two different options that will help to reduce harmful levels of nitrogen oxide (NO2) pollution in Bristol.

Action is necessary because of the threat air pollution poses to public health, as well as addressing the ongoing damage to the climate.

The council has already committed to becoming carbon neutral in light of the target set by the government, and the Traffic Clean Air Zone proposals will help to achieve this goal.

In terms of public health, only cancer, obesity and heart disease are bigger threats than air pollution, yet the latter is known to contribute to some of the more serious diseases, so the proposals of Bristol City Council are necessary.

The designs will reduce pollution in the shortest time possible, minimising negative financial impacts in the process for those on lower incomes.

The Traffic Clean Air proposals include a clean air zone where polluting buses, coaches, HGVs, LGVs and taxis will be charged each day they drive in the zone; the fines vary from £9 to £100.

Option two will see all diesel cars banned from driving in a specific central area from 7am to 3pm, seven days a week; a scrappage scheme has also been mooted as a measure.

Bristol’s Mayor, Marvin Rees, said: “Tackling air quality must go hand in hand with social justice and you can help by telling us on how these options could affect you.

“We are particularly keen to hear from people living or working in central areas of city, where pollution levels are highest.

“We have more work to do alongside air quality improvements and climate action, including finalising a new bus deal for the city and continuing to push government for investment and powers we need to address this urgent problem.”

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