Sunday, 12 June 2016

RHA: Action on clean air to impact on hauliers


Action on clean air to impact on hauliers

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Legal pressure group ClientEarth has sent a final legal warning to the government giving the Environment Secretary Liz Truss, 10 days to act on air pollution or face action in the High Court.

This follows a victory by ClientEarth last year in the Supreme Court which aimed to force the government to take steps to cut air pollution.

ClientEarth chief executive James Thornton, said: "Despite an order from the UK's highest court, despite tens of thousands of premature deaths in this country every year and despite clear evidence to show that air pollution has a terrible effect on the health of vulnerable groups like children, the government has consistently ducked its responsibility to ensure our right to clean air. We have had to issue this legal warning to the government because of its failure to produce a plan that would bring air pollution down as soon as possible."

Meanwhile in a linked development, the government has confirmed its intention to reduce nitrogen dioxide emissions to safer levels by creating a framework for the establishment of more clean air zones across the country and as previously mentioned in the Messenger, Birmingham, Leeds, Southampton, Nottingham and Derby will be given funding to facilitate the creation of these zones.

Local councils have started writing to organisations including the RHA as key stakeholders to consult about the likely impact of the zones in the cities affected.

The government says that any new restrictions will not affect private car owners, but will instead focus on discouraging lorries, old buses, taxis, and coaches from entering the city zones.

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