The Mayor of London has thrown his weight behind ClientEarth’s legal battle to get the UK government to act on air pollution.
Lawyers acting for the Mayor, Sadiq Khan, have provided a written submission to the High Court. The Mayor intends to submit a witness statement for the case, which was given the go-ahead by a judge last month.
ClientEarth has already won an air pollution case against the government. In April last year, the Supreme Court ordered ministers to produce plans to bring air pollution within legal limits as soon as possible. In response to these plans, which are woefully inadequate, ClientEarth launched fresh legal action.
ClientEarth lawyer Alan Andrews said: “London’s mayor agrees with us that more could and should be done to bring illegal levels of air pollution under control as soon as possible. He can help deliver a bigger and better ultra low emission zone for London, but we also need national measures that will benefit all those living across the UK who are being made sick and dying early because of air pollution.
“This is a national public health crisis and we need central government to provide a national solution. The government is wasting time and money dragging this out in the courts. They need to come to the table with a serious plan showing how they are going to tackle deadly diesel pollution.”