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Cars Bristol council spends £2.7m on vans, then realises they defy city's diesel ban

21:10  30 november  2019
21:10  30 november  2019 Source:   inews.co.uk

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A council planning to introduce Britain’s first diesel ban has halted a multi-million pound upgrade to its own vehicles, because they use the fuel.

Bristol City Council hopes its proposal to stop privately-owned diesel motors from running in the city will be approved by government and rolled out by 2021.

Meanwhile, in the last year officials have spent at least £2.7m funding 135 new vans, 67 of them diesel, with a further 18 vans diesel vans due to arrive in January.

  Bristol council spends £2.7m on vans, then realises they defy city's diesel ban © Provided by The i

Now the council has paused the scheme to “reconsider future purchases”, amid worries the vans could appear at odds with the ban.

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Council conflict over diesel

The programme to replace three-quarters of the fleet with “cleaner, greener vehicles” was passed by Bristol City Council’s Labour-run cabinet in December 2017.

Taxpayers money has been spent on the upgrades and 207 vans are still on order, the BBC reports.

Bristol is imposing the UK's first ban on diesel vehicles (Photo: Mark Renders/Getty Images)

At the time, a city-wide clean air zone was planned to confront air pollution, but since the diesel ban has also become council policy.

The rules would see only privately-owned vehicles disallowed from entering the city centre region between 7am and 3pm, meaning diesel council vehicles could still run.

Vans to be reviewed

High-polluting public transport and taxis would be charged a £9 fee to travel in the wider clean air zone.

It forms part of a drive to reduce levels of toxic nitrogen oxides (NOx) in the city.

Bristol city council said the future make-up of its fleet would be reviewed, with no decisions yet made, and says 10 per cent of its fleet will be electric within two years.

A spokesman added: “We’re supporting the city to become carbon neutral by 2030. This includes our own target of being a carbon-neutral council by 2025.

"To hit this target we’re reducing our carbon footprint across all departments and that includes upgrading our fleet to replace older vehicles.”

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