The city Council of Bristol approved the plans for the creation in Britain of the first zone no diesel cars in the city centre to improve air quality in the area.
The so-called zone of clean air that must be introduced in 2021, was developed as a means of providing “the most rapid improvement in air quality compared to targets for legal limits of nitrogen dioxide (NO2)”, according to the Bristol Council.
In the context of these measures for private diesel vehicles would be prohibited to enter the specified area of the city center from 7:00 to 15:00 every day. For commercial vehicles with high emissions will continue to operate the broader area of pricing: the fare of minibuses and taxis will be charged 9 pounds for the passage of buses – 100 lbs.
The announcement was made two years after the city of Bristol was ordered to develop a plan to bring levels of NO2 in this region until the legal limits. It has been suggested that this can be achieved by 2025. However, the proposal still needs the approval of the government.
“These ambitious plans demonstrate our commitment to a solution to the problem of air pollution, so we promptly comply with legal limits, without exerting a disproportionately negative impact on citizens with lower incomes that would occur with an integrated approach to the payment vehicle. The protection of the most vulnerable people from pollution is Central to these plans, and we have ensured that all feedback was carefully considered. In case of approval, measures to mitigate impacts will support the most affected, especially those living in the most disadvantaged communities,” said mayor of Bristol, Marvin Fig.
Nicholas lays, head of policy at the RAC, noted that the planned restrictions could have an adverse effect on roads in other places, as through the center are the main routes. The result can be problems of congestion where they are not. He also drew attention to the fact that under attack the drivers of diesel cars, as they could face a substantial fine.
SMMT boss Mike Howes reiterated the concern of the RAC, adding that “the proposed total ban, which is contrary to the guidelines of the government, does not distinguish between modern vehicles and technology of a decade ago and will cause confusion in drivers, and also undermines efforts to improve air quality”.
The projected cost of implementing this scheme 113.5 million pounds, with comprehensive modernization of the urban network, ANPR, road marking and signage necessary for its successful operation. Final economic study to be submitted to the government in February next year.