14 July 2021
Responding to the publication of Decarbonising Transport: A Better, Greener Britain, Silviya Barrett, Head of Policy, Research and Projects at Campaign for Better Transport, said:
"This is a bold and ambitious plan which identifies public transport and active travel as key to decarbonising the transport sector. There is a lot that we are happy to welcome, the proposed zero emission vehicles mandate and the phase-out of the sale of new diesel and petrol heavy goods vehicles by 2040, and we are pleased to see local authorities will all need to make carbon reductions. This needs to translate to specific modal shift and motor traffic reduction, and we are committed to helping authorities achieve this.
"What this plan does lack is any concrete measures to rebalance transport spending away from road building and towards more sustainable modes. Reform of vehicle taxation is long overdue, so we are glad to see this is being hinted at in the plan, but we need to see a formal commitment and a timeframe for replacing the current system with distance-based road pricing to help support the transition to cleaner vehicles and greater use of public transport and other green modes."
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Notes to Editors
Read Campaign for Better Transport’s submission to the Government's call for ideas for decarbonising transport.
Campaign for Better Transport operates in England and Wales. Campaign for Better Transport's vision is for all communities to have access to high quality, sustainable transport that meets their needs, improves quality of life and protects the environment. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).