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Bristol clean air diesel ban plan approved.

Bristol is set to become the UK's first city to ban diesel cars from entering parts of the city centre in a bid to cut air pollution.

Bristol City Council has agreed to ban privately owned diesel cars from a central zone in the daytime. Commercial vehicles will pay to enter the area.

The city has long suffered from poor air quality, particularly from high levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2).

The scheme, which needs government approval, is due to start in 2021.

Which areas will it cover?

The central ban zone, where privately owned diesel cars will be banned between 07:00 and 15:00, includes part of the M32, the old city, Redcliffe, Spike Island, the Harbourside, and part of Hotwells.

Vehicles, with the exception of taxis and emergency services, will incur fines if they stray into the area.

A wider Clean Air Zone (CAZ) extends further away from the city centre.

Which vehicles will it affect?

Diesel powered lorries, vans, buses and taxis which pay to enter the wider clean air zone will also be allowed in the central zone.

Taxis and vans will pay a daily charge of £9 and buses and HGVs £100.

How will it be enforced?

A number plate recognition system, similar to the one used to police London's congestion charge will be used.

Why is it happening in Bristol?

Bristol City Council is under a legal obligation to reduce air pollution in the city by lowering toxic NO2 levels to within legal limits as quickly as possible.

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