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Bristol will become the first UK city to ban the use of all diesel cars from roads in March 2021

Ban on all diesel cars and Clean Air Zone for commercial vehicles in 2021   

Bristol is the first UK city set to launch a city ban on diesel passenger vehicles in March 2021, awaiting government approval to restrict the use of can and vans from certain roads between 7am and 3pm. 

The ban is due to come into effect from March 2021 and will run alongside a wider Clean Air Zone congestion charge that will incur a daily levy on commercial vehicles only.  

The daily central ban zone for diesel covers part of the M32, the old city, Redcliffe, Spike Island, the Harbourside and part of Hotwells during the eight-hour peak times.

All diesel-powered vehicles - with the exception of taxis and emergency services - will incur fines if they stray into the area during the enforcement period.

To help owners of diesel cars replace their vehicles, the council has promised to roll out a scrappage scheme.

This is likely to offer up to £2,000 for their oil-burning vehicle and could be extended to residents in Bath & North East Somerset, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire as well as Bristol.


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