New Government plan to tackle air pollution… scrap speed bumps

Thursday, April 20, 2017


People could no longer be able to see speed bumps as the Government plans to cut pollution, the Independent report.


Traffic-calming measures used to control the speed of traffic could be taken away because the Government don’t want to increase greenhouse gas emission levels.


The Imperial College London carried out some research that found that 98 per cent more nitrogen dioxide and 64 per cent more carbon dioxide is produced when driving over speed bumps. 


Theresa May promised new air pollution policies after the High Court rules in November 2016 that the Government was failing to make the UK compliant under EU laws on air quality. 


The Prime Minister told Parliament: “ Nobody in this House doubts the importance of the issue of air quality. We have taken action, but there is more to do and we will do it.” 


The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Department for Transport are to produce and present a joint plan to the High court on April 24th. 


Adding on, the proposals could include better sequencing of traffic lights with the aim to help drivers arrive at green lights if they drive the speed limit. 


The High court ruled in 2015 that the Government was not doing enough to reduce pollution levels to within legal limits. The previous plan drawn up by ministers regarding air quality was ruled as illegal in court. 


Mr Justice Garnham found that the Government relied on “optimistic’ vehicle emissions tests and disregarded “higher, more realistic” figures in order to delay action. 


ClientEarth took the Government to court over the issue, stating “an urgent public health” crisis and that the Prime Minster “must take personal control”. 


Anna Heslop, a lawyer for the legal group said: “The government has to meet legal limits of air pollution in the shortest time possible, as a result of ClientEarth’s High Court victory at the end of last year. 


“As a minimum they must tackle pollution from the dirtiest diesel vehicles with a national network of clean air zones. We will be examining the plans carefully and making sure they are designed to bring air pollution down and protect people’s health across the UK.” 


Campaigns director for road safety charity Brake, Gary Rae, said: “Air pollution in the UK has become a major public health emergency. It contributes to 40,000 deaths each year, with vehicle pollution being a significant factor.


"The government has been dragging its heels on this issue. It needs to take swift, radical action to reduce vehicular emissions. We’re calling on the government to introduce a diesel scrappage scheme for older vehicles, and remove the tax incentive to buy diesel cars. We would also encourage investment in sustainable transport, and to fund dedicated cycling and walking infrastructure."New Government plan to tackle air pollution… scrap speed bumps.

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