CITY bosses proposing the UK’s first diesel vehicle ban have spent £2.7million on a fleet of motors — including diesels.
Bristol City Council splashed the cash to replace hundreds of older vehicles after launching a consultation on a strict clean air zone.
If it goes ahead, the diesel ban will operate in the centre of the city every day from 7am to 3pm.
Private vehicles would be completely blocked, while commercial ones face a charge.
Documents show the authority is acquiring 342 vehicles from Toyota and Renault to replace its older, more polluting fleet.
Of the 135 rolled out, 64 are diesels, along with 52 petrol and 19 electric.
Officials have not yet agreed the fuel types of the remaining 207 replacements, but say at least ten per cent of the total fleet will be electric.
And a spokesman insisted all the new diesels conform to current emissions standards.
“We’re supporting the city to become carbon neutral by 2030. This includes our own target of being a carbon neutral council by 2025.
They added: “The full detail of the proposed clean air zone has yet to be established and will not be finalised until an agreed full business case is published.”