Bristol City Council is to consider banning diesel cars from entering a specific central area for part of the day, as part of plans to improve air quality.
The councilâ€™s cabinet is due to meet next week (18 June) to discuss two options, which will allow the local authority to meet central government-set targets for air quality improvement
One option is to ban all diesel cars are from entering a specific central area in the city between 7am and 3pm.
The other option is to introduce a clean air zone with a targeted diesel ban on the highway past the Bristol Royal Infirmary and a charging scheme for polluting buses, taxis, light goods andÂ heavy goods vehicles.
Residents will be able to give their views on the two options as part of a six-week public consultation launching on 1 July.
â€˜These latest proposals could strike the right balance by targeting the most polluting vehicles within specific classes of vehicle and by considering a dedicated area outside our central Bristol hospitals including the childrenâ€™s hospital, where we want to protect those most vulnerable to pollution,â€™ said Bristol mayor, Marvin Rees.
â€˜These options will allow us to meet government air quality improvement targets, but we must and will do more to improve the air quality in our city for all citizens. I look forward to sharing a wider environmental plan soon, where we will commit to working in partnership with city partners for the benefit of all.â€™