One RAGING driver has stated that clean air zones are as bad as Covid lockdowns and that these restrictions threaten her freedom.
Justyna Kowalska, 39, is facing charges of up to £100 a day to use her 4×4 in Bristol’s “absolutely ridiculous” Clean Air Zone (CAZ).
She claimed the move – designed to curb traffic pollution and scheduled to take effect in September – was like “another crackdown”.
CAZ – set up by Bristol City Council – will see people driving older, more polluting vehicles – an estimated 75,000 people a day – charge to enter an area of the city center.
Estimates suggest that around 3 out of 10 cars will be charged: £9 for smaller cars and £100 a day for larger engines.
Electric vehicles will not be charged and the council has launched funding to assist people to buy an electric motor.
But angry Justyna – who will be severely punished for driving a diesel 2005 Land Rover Freelander – told Bristol Live the rules feel like she’s being put in “another lock”.
We’re used to being free and it feels like, in a way, they’re putting us in another captivity.
“For me, cars mean freedom – I can go wherever I want,” she said. “We’ve gotten used to being free and it feels like, in a way, they’re on the road. put us in another padlock.
“In the past, cars were a luxury, but now they’re not – they’re a necessity. Electric vehicle prices are sky-high.
“I own a non-compliant car and I can’t afford to buy a suitable one. I’m thinking of buying a vintage car because it would be exempt.”
Justyna – who is not against the principles of CAZ – also questioned where the money was going and Does it really reduce pollution?.
“If we’re going to punish people, if we’re going to punish them, we won’t get better air quality and people will just get angry,” she suggests.
“They will only make people poorer at a time of tax increases and energy prices. It’s completely absurd what’s going on.”
Justyna – who lived in Bristol until 2019 and now lives in Bridgwater, Somerset – thinks people won’t be able to afford a new tram and instead better and cheaper public transport must be provided. .
Council has now launched £1.8m loans and grants to support those who need to switch cars to electric – but drivers still need to pay the council back the loans.
With support from the Government, Bristol Council will also provide £5.9 million to the help people switch to public transport.
This will also help people make more journeys on foot or by bike with free e-bike loans, cycling training and free bus tickets.
Council previously said the city had a legal responsibility to introduce a CAZ to reduce toxic pollution caused by traffic in the shortest time possible.
The Sun Online has approached Bristol City Council for comment.
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