These are external links and will open in a new window
“That doesn’t mean it’s not the right thing to do. The public mood is changing, particularly in relation to climate change.”
The City of York Council wants an end to “non-essential” car journeys within the city walls.
The authority, which is run by the Liberal Democrats and the Greens, wants to make the city carbon neutral by 2030 – 20 years ahead of the UK government’s net zero target.
The decision has prompted conversation on social media, with some praising the council’s decision.
Close share panel
Not everyone was convinced though. Alfie Thomlinson tweeted: “What York needs is new infrastructure. To ‘Ban Cars’ is a cop out,” and Grouchy Old Man tweeted: “Glad I don’t own a shop, bar, hotel, or eating house in York.”
The idea was proposed by Labour councillor Johnny Crawshaw but received support from a majority of councillors, according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service.
“People’s first response might be to be a bit anxious about what we’re proposing,” Mr Crawshaw said.
The measure would ban all "non-essential" private car journeys in the city centre by 2023.