Could Bristol be the first city to ban diesel vehicles ?

'Bristol Res' Blog • 01 November 2019

 Could Bristol be the first city to ban diesel vehicles ?

Under proposals by Bristol City Council, Bristol could become the UK’s first city to introduce a ban on diesel vehicles to boost air quality.

Under pressure from central government following an order in 2017 to reduce the citys dangerously high nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels Bristol Council is being forced to act. After a number of delays the councils cabinet is being asked to  approve the Clean Air Zone proposal at a meeting on November 5th.

If passed vehicles will be prohibited from entering a central area of the city – Small Clear Air Zone (blue zone above) between 7am and 3pm, 7 days a week.

A wider charging zone for commercial vehicles such as buses, taxis, vans and lorries which do not meet certain emissions standards is part of the measures which could be implemented by March 2021 – Medium Clear Air Zone  ( red zone above)

There is also a plan to launch a car scrappage scheme to help diesel car owners buy an alternative vehicle.

Mayor of Bristol Marvin Rees 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.”



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Ambitious plans for the Western Harbour development begin to take shape


The plans have taken a major step forward with the creation of the Western Harbour Advisory Group by the Mayor of Bristol, which brings together local businesses along with community and resident organisations.

The ambition is to turn the harbour and the surrounding areas into a model for modern city centre living and quality open spaces, integrating new sustainable transport links to help retailers and businesses thrive alongside new housing.A total of 2,661 people responded to the consultation held earlier this year on the future of Western Harbour following aspirations to create a vibrant neighbourhood with a mix of homes, new jobs and shops to breathe fresh life into the area.A full update on progress will be shared at a meeting of Bristol City Council’s Cabinet on 5 November.

Speaking ahead of the meeting, Mayor Marvin Rees said the group will help bring together interested parties to ensure the regeneration has wide-ranging benefits for the entire city and manages development in a way that supports the climate emergency.

He said: “We have the opportunity to open up this part of Bristol to everyone and ensure it better serves people in the surrounding neighbourhoods too. We have no choice but to change the way we do things to react to challenges such as the climate emergency. This means rethinking how we develop housing, promote active travel and the growth of public transport, manage the increased risk of floods and safeguard our heritage in a resilient and creative way. As Western Harbour is only a few minutes’ bike ride and 25 minutes’ walk from the city centre, with the right development we could bring more living back into central areas, as part of revitalising our city centre.

It’s not about a road system – although looking at the existing network in a different way could help us create more viable, sustainable transport options such as water taxis. Our emerging vision for Western Harbour means looking ahead to ensure our communities have the opportunity to thrive by integrating new homes, jobs, shops and workspace in this area.”

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