The Government has threatened Bristol City Council with legal action after it failed to submit final air quality plans.
The Government has widened its focus on emissions, with the publication of its Clean Air Strategy, saying transport is only ‘partly’ to blame for pollution.
Nottingham City Council becomes the first local authority to have plans to improve air quality approved by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
By Patrick Gallagher, CEO of CitySprint Group
Fleets should not be too quick to write-off new diesel models on environment grounds. Simon Harris reports.
The Government has launched a call for evidence on the impact of emissions from brakes, tyres and road wear in an effort to tackle all sources of pollution.
New air quality strategy includes plans to develop new standards for tyres and brakes to address toxic non-exhaust emissions.
By Simon West-Oliver director of sales and marketing at Drive Software Solutions
Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond made the commitment in last November’s budget. But, MPs have questioned the Government’s commitment.
The Government says clean air funding could be available for locally targeted scrappage schemes and the retrofitting of vans and trucks to LPG.
The Government must take stronger action to improve air quality in areas not compelled to introduce clean air zones (CAZs) or submit local action plans.
Diesel continues to be the dominant fuel choice for cars across the FN50 with a 71.4% share but there has been a greater uptake of petrol, hybrid and electric cars this year.
Defra fleet chief Dale Eynon has set a bold strategy: ditch diesel and convert the entire fleet of 4,000 cars to petrol-hybrid or pure electric by 2025.
The High Court has ruled that there is “nothing unlawful” in the Government’s draft air quality plan.
Air quality plan must be published by next April and adopted by the end of July.
Defra has launched a consultation surrounding the introduction of 'Clean Air Zones' in five UK cities.
MPs have called on the Government to give more councils the power to charge certain vehicles to enter pollution hot-spots.
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