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We need to see fewer cars not newer cars on our roads

26 July 2017

Campaigners respond today to the release of the Government’s new air quality strategy.  

Campaign for Better Transport said the plan to ban new diesel and petrol cars from 2040, in a bid to tackle air pollution is welcome but unlikely to help deliver cleaner air on the timescales required.

Bridget Fox, Sustainable Transport Campaigner, Campaign for Better Transport said:

“Banning new fossil fuel cars from 2040 is an important and welcome step towards clean air and reduced carbon emissions, but 23 years is far too long to live with illegal pollution. Rather than yet more feasibility studies we urgently need practical measures that will deliver cleaner air from day one. That means giving local authorities the power to introduce charging zones and to ban the most polluting vehicles from pollution hotspots. 

“Spending £100 million on bus retrofitting is welcome, as is potential new funding for walking and cycling, in contrast with the backwards step on rail electrification, but this is a drop in the ocean compared with the £23 billion the Government is spending on building roads.

“It is disappointing to see there are no immediate plans to introduce a scrappage scheme to get high polluting diesels off the road. With the Government signalling the end to cars as we know them, the need to invest in high quality public transport is greater than ever."


For further information please contact Richard Watkins, Press Officer, at Campaign for Better Transport on 020 7566 6494 / 07984 773468  richard.watkins@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to editors

  • Read the Government’s air quality action plan here
  • Read our blog which explains how buses can help clean up the quality of our air - Improving air quality: buses are key to success
  • Read our blog Air Pollution Matters here
  • Read Transport and Environment’s report into the number of dirty diesel cars on the EU’s roads - Dieselgate: Who? What? How?
  • 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).