5 May 2017
Campaign for Better Transport reacts today, 5 May, to the release of the Government’s new draft air quality action plan.
Reacting to the Government's new draft air quality action plan, Campaign for Better Transport said it was wholly inadequate and said that much more was needed on transport to cut diesel emissions in cities.
Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive, Campaign for Better Transport, said:
“While we welcome the government’s long awaited plan, its proposals on transport are wholly inadequate in tackling the dangerous levels of pollution across our most polluted cities.
“The various proposed measures in the strategy will not be enough and some, like more roads, may actually make things worse. Cleaning up our air means reducing the numbers of cars and lorries on our roads.
“Councils in the new clean air zones need real powers and funding to invest in modern public transport, walking and cycling facilities to give people real alternatives, with charges and taxes where necessary, not silly Government suggestions to scrap road humps.
“The Government must listen to the medical profession and the many people who suffer from poor air quality, and come up with a serious plan to give people air that is fit to breathe.”
For further information please contact Richard Watkins, Press Officer, at Campaign for Better Transport on 020 7566 6494 / 07984 773468 firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to editors
- Read the Government’s draft air quality action plan – Improving air quality in the UK
- Read our blog which explains how buses can help clean up the quality of our air - Improving air quality: buses are key to success
- Read our blog Air Pollution Matters here
- Read more about Client Earth here
- Read Transport and Environment’s report into the number of dirty diesel cars on the EU’s roads - Dieselgate: Who? What? How?
- Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).