Oct 2016 - Labour Party U-turn on Low Emission Zone

Just two months after taking office, the Labour council did its first U-turn - on the Low Emission Zone! Cllr Mark Wright was very pleased when Bristol Labour joined his campaign calling for an LEZ for central Bristol, just before the General Election in 2015. During this year's local election campaign, they said "Labour run Councils in Nottingham and Oxford have already introduced Low Emission Zones to help improve air quality and Bristol can do the same" - a quote we very much agreed with!

Mark submitted a formal question to the new Labour Mayor, asking him what his timetable for the LEZ was. The Mayor's reply was very disappointing. In it, he said, "There is no basis in law for Bristol to enforce a Low Emission Zone", and that we would have to wait for new Clean Air Zone (CAZ) legislation in Parliament. We really think perhaps the Mayor and should take a visit to Nottingham and Oxford, who they pointed out to us in March have already done this under existing legislation!