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UK ‘needs diesel scrappage fund and more’ to meet pollution limit Prime Minister told

UK ‘needs diesel scrappage fund and more’ to meet pollution limit Prime Minister told

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has warned Prime Minister Theresa May that UK will fail to meet its legal obligations on air quality unless the government signs up to a series of major interventions, including a national diesel scrappage fund, new low emission zones across the UK and a Clean Air Act for the 21st century.  

The Mayor has written to Mrs May to say that she has a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform the quality of the air in London and across the country when the government publishes its draft Air Quality Plan, which the High Court has ruled must be published by 24 April.

In his letter to the Prime Minister the Mayor calls on the government to:
Introduce a national diesel scrappage fund - to help drivers who bought diesel cars in good faith. He has previously written to Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond proposing a targeted, fully-costed, city-led, time-limited approach.         

Introduce Ultra-Low Emission Zone-style schemes where needed in other towns and cities across the UK similar to that due to be introduced in central London in April 2019.

Take action to ensure that national policies send the right messages to consumers. Vehicle Excise Duty and other fiscal incentives continue to encourage the purchase of diesel cars - and they need to be amended.          

Draft new legislation including a 21st century Clean Air Act, which could provide the overarching framework for action. It should provide a legally enforceable right to clean air for all citizens and the government should introduce new powers to better regulate all emissions sources, not just road transport. For example, London needs additional powers to manage emissions from the river and construction sites.  

The Mayor said: “The government must play a full part if we are to protect the health of our fellow citizens and achieve legal air quality limits as quickly as possible. It is a national problem which requires national action, and the Prime Minister has a once-in-a-generation 
opportunity to transform the quality of the air in the capital and across the country. I am doing all I can in London - but the only way we can make our lethal air safe is if the government commits to the major measures experts agree are necessary to tackle this incredibly serious issue.”