More than half back charges in clean air zones

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

 

More than half of UK residents support charges for more polluting vehicles to enter parts of towns and cities, a new survey has revealed.

 

Clean air zones charge motorists for entering areas of towns and cities if their vehicle does not meet minimum pollution standards. A YouGov poll, commissioned by ClientEarth, found 52 per cent supported more of these, while only 18 per cent opposed them.

 

The poll of 1,692 adults also showed that almost three quarters of the British public think the car industry should help fund efforts to clean up the country’s air pollution. In Germany, automakers are contributing a quarter of a billion euros to a clean air fund.

 

The support for action comes as ClientEarth prepares to return to court against the Government on January 25 to try to force it to take more urgent steps to clean up the UK’s illegally dirty air.

 

ClientEarth spokesman Simon Alcock said: “People are more aware than ever of the harm air pollution is causing to them and their children and they want to see action. 

 

“The Government’s own evidence shows that a national network of charging clean air zones would be the most effective way to bring down illegal and toxic levels of air pollution.

 

“53 per cent backed diesel scrappage schemes which provide incentives for people to trade in high-emitting diesel vehicles and buy a newer one, while only 10 per cent were against the move.”

 

Of the respondents, 53 per cent backed diesel scrappage schemes which provide incentives for people to trade in high-emitting diesel vehicles and buy a newer one, while only 10 per cent were against the move.

 

CEO of ClientEarth James Thornton  and ClientEarth lawyer Alan Andrews outside the High Court in London, where they are bringing a new legal challenge against the government over air pollution levels (PA) ClientEarth launched a legal fight with the government in October over what it said was a “stubborn failure” to tackle illegal air pollution since the rules were introduced in 2010.

 

However, Westminster has maintained pollution had “improved significantly” since 2010 but said a £3.5bn plan was in place to boost air quality and reduce harmful emissions.

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