The Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and Department for Transport (DfT) published Government’s revised plan to improve air quality last week.
The plan reiterates the government’s ambitions to see an end to the sale of all petrol and diesel cars by 2040. It also commits a further £255 million investment into helping towns and cities as they implement their short-term plans to improve local air quality. This is in addition to the £2.7 billion already being invested by government as it strives to achieve emission targets.
Next year the government will publish a further strategy on the pathway to achieving zero-emission transport for road vehicles and there will also be a comprehensive Clean Air Strategy which will address other sources of air pollution.
BVRLA’s Chief Executive Gerry Keaney gave his views on the government’s air quality plan last week, welcoming the £255m implementation fund and commending government on taking a targeted approach to tackling air quality.
Keaney said: “…it is good that the government is urging cities to look at alternative, more targeted interventions such as individual road restrictions, new road layouts, retrofitting and behaviour change incentives.
BVRLA’s full response to the plan can be read in full here. It also includes a link to the published document: UK plan for tackling roadside NOx concentrations.