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Clean Air Strategy welcomed, but we need an end to diesel and petrol cars sooner

22 May 2018 

Responding to the publication of the Government’s Clean Air Strategy, Bridget Fox from Campaign for Better Transport, said:

“We strongly welcome the comprehensive, joined-up approach in the Clean Air Strategy. This is an important strategy and will affect all of us so we encourage everyone to have their say in the consultation.

“Whilst we welcome action on pollution across the board, transport remains a vital area to tackle and that means fewer cars, not just newer cars. Cutting traffic, as well as greening the fleet, must be a central plank of any effective air quality strategy. We can't wait another 20 years or more to get a grip on roadside pollution: the Government should seize this opportunity to bring the end date for new diesel and petrol vehicle sales forward from 2040 to at least 2030.

“We want to see stronger support for greener buses and for rail electrification, and we support Healthy Air Campaign's calls for a national network of Clean Air Zones, underpinned by a new Clean Air Act for the 21st century.”

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For further information please contact the press office on 07984 773 468 or communications@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to Editors

  1. 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).