Britain publishes long-awaited air pollution plan

Clean air plan set to be published

Some of the proposed guidelines include a new scrappage scheme and charging zones in city centres for vehicles with high emissions, including diesel cars and lorries.

Should the United Kingdom have a diesel scrappage scheme?

The consultation outlines that a scrappage scheme could still be introduced, but that 'such measures would need to provide value for money to the taxpayer and target support where it is most needed'.

No. While diesel scrappage was widely rumoured to form part of the government's plans, there is no mention of such a scheme in these plans.

The policy is part of a long-term ambition set out by the Government to have almost every auto and van be zero emission by 2050.

"The astonishing thing is that the government's own plan accepts that diesel is at the root of the problem, and that phasing it out is the most effective solution", he said.

Experts have responded to the government's new air quality plan, published today, calling it "weak" and "toothless".

The draft is open for consultation until June 15, and then the final plan will be published on July 31.

Clean Air Zones (CAZs), where local authorities may be able to charge entry to vehicles which fall below minimum emission standards do feature.

It's already known that Birmingham, Leeds, Nottingham, Derby and Southampton have plans to introduce clean air schemes before the end of 2019.

Environment department Defra said the "options" set out in a consultation paper "are created to reduce the impact of diesel vehicles, and accelerate the move to cleaner transport".

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THE government has released a new air quality plan but the expected diesel scrappage scheme doesn't feature.

Its CEO, James Thornton, said: 'We are continuing to study the government's latest air quality plan, but on the face of it it looks much weaker than we had hoped for'.

The Conservatives said they are opposed to Labour's approach of "hitting motorists in the pocket by imposing charging zones and increasing parking charges".

Retrofitting older vehicles: Owners of the most polluting vehicles will be invited to have their cars retrofitted with emissions-reducing equipment, which could include Adblue on diesel cars.

"We also need changes to vehicle excise duty to encourage people to buy the greenest cars".

The report also addresses unnecessary engine idling and its contribution to emissions. It added that "ultra-low emission vehicles with significant zero-emission range will never be charged for entering or moving through a Clean Air Zone". The Zones won't affect private vehicle owners but instead will charge old buses, taxis, coaches and lorries a fee when entering the zone.

Around 40 local authorities in England will breach pollution limits "for some years ahead" unless action is taken, Defra said.

"We expect that implementation. will take up to three years, but government will ensure the plans achieve compliance within the shortest time possible", the ministry said.

Mike Hawes, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said: "SMMT welcomes the publication of government's proposals for improving air quality across the United Kingdom, which clearly states that the new Euro 6 diesels which have been on sale for the past two years will not face any penalty charges anywhere in the UK".

Local authorities should avoid charging motorists to drive into the UK's most polluted towns and cities, draft air quality plans have suggested. But it did suggest a one-year scheme to trade in 9,000 of the most-polluting diesel vehicles, and 6,000 old petrol vehicles, The Mirror reports. "We feel the Government has missed a trick", finished Pencharz. The application was rejected by the courts, but not before critics accused the Government of running scared from a crack down on heavily-polluting diesel cars.

The draft bill is aimed at curbing high levels of NOxand NO2 (harmful gases produced primarily by diesel engines) after it was revealed that they were at an unprecedented high in many urban areas.

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