Coventry City Council has been under pressure to cut toxic emissions that are forecast to exceed legal limits by 2021.
Coventry City Council has been ordered to introduce a clean air zone by the government, which rejected the council’s own £83 million plan to tackle pollution.
A congestion charge will be imposed on drivers of high-polluting vehicles, including buses, lorries and older cars.
Coventry City Council’s own £83 million plan to combat toxic emissions and improve air quality included cleaner buses, new walking and cycling routes, and new electric taxis.
Councillor Jim O’Boyle accused the government of not responding properly to the authority’s plans.
“They are asking us to make every arterial road in the city part of a charging zone and that’s completely unacceptable.
“I don’t think they understand that in Coventry a clean air zone would end up being a series of fragmented zones that would potentially bring the whole city to a standstill – without offering any real long term solutions.”
It is not yet known where a zone would be implemented or how much the congestion charge will be, but a similar scheme being set up in Birmingham city centre will see certain cars pay £8 per day.