Pollution tax and scrappage scheme possible in fight to curb diesel emissions

Pollution tax and scrappage scheme possible in fight to curb diesel emissions

0 comments 📅08 November 2016, 23:33

Excessive Court rules Government's air vitiation strategy is failing with threat of diesel drivers being charged in cities

Diesel car owners kisser charges for driving in a host of UK cities and a diesel scrappage scenario could be introduced after the High Court ruled that the Domination’s current air pollution strategy is failing.

Plans are already in location to introduce six clean air zones by 2020 in Birmingham, Leeds, Southampton, Nottingham and Derby but this is not sufficiently to hit EU air pollution targets according to judges.

The Excessive Court concluded ministers had knowingly based their air rank plan on forecasts that were too expectant and had been warned that diesel motors emitted at least four times more NO2 in the true world than official figures from lab tests.

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It means a further 10 cities are now proper to be included under the toxicity tax with drivers potentially having to pay £10 a moment to drive their diesels in the zones. In plans were just to target lorries, buses, taxis and vans but it’s liable to extend to cars, too.

An Institute for Public Rule Research (IPPR) report also suggests a diesel scrappage layout – previously backed by London Mayor Sadiq Khan – could be introduced to frame the phase out affordable for poorer drivers and businesses while a mend of taxing vehicles is needed so diesels are not promoted more than petrol.

NO2 emissions are estimated to currently agency 40,000 premature deaths a year in the UK and Prime Curate Theresa May – after accepting the ruling that’d be handed down – said: “There is more to do and we disposition do it.”

ClientEarth which launched the legal challenge back in 2011, said 37 out of 43 zones across the UK “odds in breach of legal limits” and successfully argued banned weight was given by the Government to “cost and partisan sensitivity” when drawing up a 2015 map out.

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The Department for Ecosystem, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is now progressive with the task of drawing up new plans to renew those quashed by the High Court. 

To w, motoring groups warned against unfairly targeting consumers who had bought diesels in proper faith. AA president Edmund King said: “It would be deeply disappointing for those families who had followed the ‘flouri for diesel’ under the previous government.”

What do you judge about the problem of vehicle emissions in our towns and cities? Let us distinguish in the comments section…

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