UK call for a new Clean Air Act

20 March 2018

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On 15 March 2018, the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Environmental Audit, Health and Social Care, and Transport Committees of the UK Parliament published their joint report on improving air quality. The unprecedented joint inquiry was launched amid concerns over the inadequacy of the government’s plan to improve air quality in the UK, as demonstrated by a series of successful judicial challenges in recent years.

The report from the four-way inquiry calls for a new Clean Air Act, a clean air fund financed by the transport industry, a national air quality support programme for councils, and for the government to require manufacturers to end the sale of conventional petrol and diesel cars earlier than the current 2040 target.