The Environment Food and Rural Affairs, Environmental Audit, Health, and Transport Committees have re-launched their joint inquiry into improving air quality to scrutinise the Government’s plans to reduce the harmful effects of air pollution on public health and the environment.
Claire Haigh, Chief Executive of Greener Journeys, said:
“It is encouraging to hear that four parliamentary committees have relaunched their joint inquiry into improving air quality. The Government’s revised Air Quality Plan falls short of setting out the kind of meaningful action that will immediately address the public health emergency caused by poor air quality so this renewed scrutiny is a necessary and vital step.”
“With the UK’s towns and cities choked by congestion and air pollution, we cannot afford to kick the can down the road to 2040. The solution is clear: Euro VI diesel buses are incredibly clean and produce fewer emissions overall than a Euro 6 diesel car, and ten times fewer on a per passenger basis.
“This new inquiry must recommend policy that will tackle the root cause of the UK’s air quality problem: the number of diesel cars and vans on the road.”
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