Bristol becomes the first city to the UK to introduce a blanket ban all diesel cars entering the city.
In a move to cut dangerously high levels of Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) recorded in the city centre, they want to ban all diesel cars regardless of age.
Even brand-new cars fitted with the cleanest available, Euro 6 engines, won’t be allowed into the city.
While other councils such as Portsmouth have proposed changes aimed solely at the most polluting buses and HGVs, Bristol’s charging ahead with a policy that will see the first blanket ban of all diesel vehicles, including private cars and Taxis, regardless of age or technology.
The ban on diesel cars will apply daily from 7 am through to 3 pm and it’s expected to cost between £9 and £100 a day to drive in the city, and no one’s excluded, with the highest charges applying to buses and lorries
They’ll police the scheme using number plate recognition technology and DVLA information to impose automatic charges and penalties on any driver who continues their journey and ignores the warning signs.
In response to motoring groups claims of low-income families being hit the hardest, the council announced that a subsidised scrappage scheme would be introduced to help diesel car owners buy greener vehicles.
The estimated cost of implementing the scheme is said to be £113 million
Bristol was among 24 local councils directed by the government in 2017 to draw up plans to cut NO2 to safe levels, being told to implement the proposals by 2021.
But in the Capital, the London boroughs of Hackney and Islington have already been forced to pilot a scheme which has seen petrol and diesel cars banned during the weekday morning and evening rush hour.
Central London’s ultra-low emission zone, currently charges owners of older diesel and petrol models £12.50 a day plus double the cost to park, on top of the congestion charge of £11.50.
Air pollution is the biggest environmental threat to health in the UK, with between 28,000 and 36,000 deaths a year attributed to long-term exposure. There is strong evidence that air pollution causes the development of coronary heart disease, stroke, respiratory disease and lung cancer, and exacerbates asthma.
New Diesel’s Still Being Launched.
Despite this sort of news, manufacturers continue to launch new models with diesel engines making for a very confusing market.
Audi launched a “mild” hybrid diesel in its S4 this year, that’s the first time the range has ever had a diesel engine fitted.
Is it any wonder that consumers are confused?
Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders shows that during the first nine months of the year diesel held just 25.8 per cent of the new car market, compared with 31.7 per cent during the same period in 2018.