Bristol City Council is considering banning diesel vehicles in what it claims will be the quickest way to reduce nitrogen dioxide in the air.
It would mean a ban on all privately-owned diesel vehicles together with a charging zone for non-compliant commercial vehicles such as buses, taxis, HGVs and LGVs.
A car scrappage scheme would also be launched.
Further measures to improve air quality have also been suggested to support the mayor of Bristol’s pledge to reduce the reliance on cars and increase the number of bus users.
Mayor Marvin Rees, said: 'These ambitious plans demonstrate our commitment to tackling air pollution so we meet legal limits within the shortest time, without disproportionally affecting citizens on lower incomes which would happen with a blanket approach to charging vehicles.
'Protecting the most vulnerable people from pollution is central to these plans and we have ensured that all impacts have been carefully considered.
'If approved, mitigation measures will support those most affected, especially those living in the most deprived communities.'