Bristol will become the first city within the UK to ban diesel vehicles from entering parts of the city centre in a bid to reduce air pollution.
In a Bristol City Council cabinet meeting on the 5th of November, plans to ban diesel vehicles by 2021 were approved. The ban will mean all privately owned diesel vehicles will not be able to enter the city centre during the day, and commercial vehicles with have to pay a fee.
This makes Bristol the first city within the UK to approve such plans, however in mainland Europe Madrid, Paris, Brussels and Barcelona all have implemented similar plans to ban or charge a fee for diesel vehicles in the city centres, with the aim to reduce pollution.
The ban will be in affect from 7am to 3pm, 7 days a week, and cover the centre of Bristol and include parts of the M32, the old city, Redcliffe, Spike Island, the Harbourside, and part of Hotwell.
A wider Clean Air Zone has also been approved which will charge vehicles which do not meet emission standards.
For diesel taxis and vans to enter the wider Clean Air Zone, drivers will have to pay a daily charge of £9 and buses and HGVs £100. Private diesel car will not be charged for entering the wider Clean Air Zone.
The ban in the city centre and the wider CAZ will be enforced through a number plate recognition system, similar to the one used to enforce the congestion charge in London. However the specific detail of how much fines will be are yet to be decided.
Full details of where and how the ban will affect Bristol see https://www.cleanairforbristol.org/.