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Clean Air Plan Doesn't Go Far Enough

26 July by Zoe Payne

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With the UK government poised to announce its clean air plan this week, questions are being asked as to whether it goes far enough and meets the criteria of a recent court order brought against the government, to clean up the nations air.

ClientEarth, the legal company who won the court order to ensure the government produced a comprehensive strategy on clean air by the end of this month, spoke on the BBC this morning to question whether the government is keeping to its agreement.

Recommendations from the government's own experts include clean air charging zones for motorists as the best way to tackle pollution, however this will not be in the plans.

Also, a vehicle scrappage scheme and a mandate for councils to charge 'dirty vehicles' to enter cities have also been suggested, however it is believed that the plans will not include these either.

The omission of these recommendations may contravene the recent court order, and ClientEarth have said that their will consider going back to court if the government fail to meet its obligations.

The government has earmarked £255m for local authorities to spend on air pollution, however councils are calling for a national Clean Air Act, which shows the government are taking responsibility for air pollution, as well as local authorities.


Read more on the BBC website

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