The first zone where the operation of diesel engines is prohibited introduced in EuropeNovember 6, 2019
Private diesel vehicles will be banned from 7:00 to 15:00 in the central zone of Bristol, with vans, buses and trucks having to pay entry fees.
The Bristol City Council approved plans to create the first zone in Britain, where the operation of diesel cars in the city center is prohibited. This measure should improve air quality in the area. The so-called clean air zone, which is due to be commissioned in 2021, was developed as a means of ensuring “the fastest possible improvement in air quality compared to targets for the legal limits of nitrogen dioxide (NO2).”
As part of these measures, private diesel vehicles will be prohibited from entering the specified area of the city center from 07:00 to 15:00 every day. For commercial vehicles with a high level of emissions, tolls will constantly operate, the size of which will be from 9 to 100 pounds
The announcement was made two years after the government of Bristol commissioned the preparation of a plan to bring the level of harmful emissions in this region to legal limits. It has been suggested that a “clean air” zone can help achieve targets by 2025. However, this proposal still needs government approval.
The projected cost of implementing the scheme is 113.5 million pounds. This amount includes the comprehensive modernization of the city network, road markings and road signs necessary for its successful operation. The final business case is due to be submitted to the government in February next year.
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