New diesel car legislation praised by environment group

Environmental pressure group Client Earth have spoken of their joy over new Conservative plans to reduce emissions by offering compensation to encourage drivers to ditch their diesel cars.

Andrea Lee, Healthier Campaigner for Client Earth, said that she was relieved the Government are finally trying to lower air pollution in the UK.

“We think it is really important for government to tackle these problems and the public health crisis that is caused by air pollution.

“Diesel vehicles are known to be the biggest contributers to these problems in our towns and cities. We need urgent action to make sure this actually happens.”

This new legislation will allow diesel car owners to apply for cash compensation to scrap their diesel vehicles as long as they are old enough and registered at an address where air pollution is already at dangerous levels.

A previous scheme in 2009 allowed a vehicle to be scrapped for a £2,000 discount on a new car, with £1,000 from the manufacturer and £1,000 from the Government.

While Mrs Lee believes that this new scheme is a good idea, she still believes that more can be done to tackle the dangerous air pollution in the UK.

“What we’d like to see is a national network of clean air zones to keep the dirtiest polluted vehicles out of the most polluted parts of our towns and cities.

“It’s not enough to just try and exclude these vehicles, we need to give people alternatives so that they are travelling using cleaner forms of transport. We do think something like a targeted diesel scrappage scheme will help those most in need so people on low income can replace their vehicles with either cleaner vehicles or to help people who want to use public transport but are put off by the costs of maybe buying a season ticket.”

The number of diesel vehicles on Britain’s roads has risen from 3.2 million in 2000 to over 10 million today, and the government hope this new legislation will combat this.


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