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New petrol and diesel vehicles to be banned by 2040

Government is set to announce a ban on all new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040, according to a new air quality plan.

It will also provide a £255 million fund to help councils tackle the diesel vehicle emissions, as part of a £3 billion package for air quality.

The £3 billion clean air strategy will not include a scrappage scheme, calling previous schemes "poor value" for money; however it will allow for Local Councils to make the necessary changes in a bid to lower emissions. Local measures may include; altering public transport to make them cleaner, altering speed bumps and roundabouts and re-programing traffic lights so that vehicle flow is smoother.

This clean air strategy comes after a high court battle, in which the government was ordered to produce new plans to tackle illegal levels of harmful pollutant; nitrogen dioxide. The government was given until the 31st July to produce a strategy.

Campaigners have said the measures were promising but did not go far enough. They are concerned for the people who will continue to be exposed to the harmful pollutants for the next 23 years. Introducing “clean air zones" (CAZ) has been proposed but the government only wants taxes to be considered as a last resort, instead wants to provide incentives for consumers to buy cleaner vehicles.

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Posted on 26th July 2017 at 2:34 PM

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