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Campaigners welcome Client Earth win in EU Court of Justice judgement

19 November 2014
The Court of Justice of the European Union ruled this morning that the UK Government must address air pollution as soon as possible

Sian Berry, Roads and Sustainable Transport Campaigner, Campaign for Better Transport, said:

"The judgment of the European Court is clear. There can be no excuses for not taking steps to make sure air pollution falls below legal limits in a time that is 'as short as possible', and the UK Supreme Court must now order the UK Government to make new, more effective and radical, proposals to cut pollution. 

"With all our major cities suffering from damaging level of pollution, these new measures should include much wider use of low emission zones and the exclusion of diesel vehicles from urban areas. And - importantly - new policies to reduce overall traffic levels, not just change the vehicles on our roads. 

"Current plans to spend £15 billion on expanding major roads will just create more traffic and push more cars and lorries into urban areas. This would be completely incompatible with the obligations confirmed by the court today, and must be rethought urgently."

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For more information contact Chloë Darlington on 020 7566 6483 / 07984 773 468 / chloe.darlington@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes

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).

2. The European Court of Justice judgement in the case brought by Client Earth v.The Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs was issued this morning: http://curia.europa.eu/jcms/upload/docs/application/pdf/2014-11/cp140153en.pdf. It means the UK Supreme Court must require the UK Government to bring nitrogen dioxide levels within legal limits as soon as possible.

3. Client Earth brought the case against the UK Government over its failure to tackle nitrogen dioxide levels: http://www.clientearth.org/news/latest-news/uk-air-pollution-eu-court-judgment-due-on-19-november-2014-2695.