Bristol to decide on plan to ban diesel cars

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Bristol to decide on plan to ban diesel cars

Private diesel vehicles would be banned from 7AM to 3PM and delivery vehicles, buses, taxis  etc would be charged to enter.

A scrappage scheme would also be introduced to encourage motorists to change to petrol, hybrid, or electric cars.

Bristol is my nearest city and I do have to visit from time to time so would not be able to use the cooking car, a Ford S Max diesel, but can always the XJR, 4.2 supercharged petrol, or the 89 Range Rover, 3.5  V8, or the 500SL, 5.0 V8, or even the E-type, 3.8 petrol, so That will be a good result for the environment won't it?

Seriously now, I do have sympathy for all the folks living around the city who and in outlying towns such as Portishead, population 22,000 predicted to increase to 30,000 in the next few years where public transport into town is totally inadequate, and a high proportion of residents work in Bristol. There have been many plans to reopen the rail line but it hasn't happened yet, although there is a current proposal to open it around 2023, but that's two years after the ban would come into effect, and the financial burden of swapping cars would be painful or even impossible for many.

The councils cabinet is being asked to approve the plan at a meeting on November 5th.

The ban would come into effect in March 2021, I don't think they have given it enough thought, alternative transport systems should be in place first, or at least concurrent developments, but thats not the case, there is a plan to 

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Not even allowing Euro 6 diesels ?
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Yes, you can't get the big changes right without an integrated transport policy covering all modes and all the taxes, charges and fares.

But the need to reduce congestion and local pollution is so great that some interventions might be worthwhile even without that. This might qualify but it depends on the cost-effectiveness.

Hope it's done with decent evaluation and as an experiment which can be modified.

Oxford's proposal. See also London and French cities.

Jonathan

PS: Good to see you on BlatChat, Mike. :-)

 

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Not even allowing Euro 6 diesels ?

I can't find the Council paper, but there's a couple of articles in the local press: 1, 2 with maps and:

"Similarly, commercial vehicles and taxis that meet Euro 6 (diesel) or Euro 4 (petrol) emission standards would be exempt from any charges."

Jonathan

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Bath is a nice city

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What a simple way to kill a town centre!!!

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Well Mike, I can tell I'm behind a diesel because it seems when they accelerate out of a roundabout (by god they go slowly around a roundabout) there is this BIG puff of black smoke. I don't know how they get through visible smoke judgements.

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Not all do that ....but a lot of Ford and VW seem to.
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Agree with criss 

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Stephen Hubbard

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What a simple way to kill a town centre!!!

Chris

That is not exactly the experience of the Dutch