Bristol Council's big idea for hitting pollution targets will be a UK first if the pen-pushers all tick the yes box, as it wants to bring in a complete ban on private diesel vehicles entering the city during the busiest part of the day.
The council's Clean Air Zone for Bristol could be introduced as soon as 2021, and would see dirtier commercial vehicles charged a fee to enter a wider part of the city and all diesels banned from driving in the densest central segment between 7am and 3pm. This plan will be voted on by the council in early November, and if they nod it through the boring old consulting and implementation process shall begin.
Bristol mayor Marvin Rees: "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." [Clean Air for Bristol via Guardian]