A CITY planning Britain’s first ban on diesel cars has spent £2.7million on a new fleet of vehicles — dozens of which are diesel.
Bristol city council agreed contracts for 342 vehicles from Toyota and Renault just weeks after consultations on a clean air zone began.
Councillors want to ban all diesel cars from the city centre between 7am and 3pm every day of the week.
Commercial vehicles will still be allowed but face a clean-air charge.
The clean air consultations began on July 1 and are due to be implemented by March 2021.
The ambitious plan hopes to improve air quality and meet targets for legal limits of nitrogen dioxide.
Council buildings within the diesel-free zone include the City Hall and its offices in Temple Street.
So far, 135 vehicles have been delivered under the 12-month contracts — 64 diesel, 52 petrol and 19 electric — with another 207 on the way.
Ten will be electric and no fuel type has yet been specified for the remainder. A council spokesperson said: ‘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 are reducing our carbon footprint across all departments and that includes upgrading our fleet to replace older vehicles.
‘Of those purchased already, 64 are diesel and all conform to current emissions standards.’