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MPs’ diesel action call could help tackle air pollution

ClientEarth has welcomed recommendations around vehicle emissions in a report by MPs out today.

The House of Commons’ Environmental Audit Committee’s report on ‘Sustainability in the Department for Transport’ recommends action which would clean up air pollution and urges ministers to stop dragging their feet on the VW emissions scandal.

Reacting to the report’s findings Alan Andrews, lawyer for ClientEarth, said: “The committee’s report is very welcome for those of us who want the government to get a grip on the UK’s air pollution crisis.

“As well as focusing on the essential business of replacing dirty diesels with low emission and electric vehicles, it highlights the need for the DfT to consider the environmental impact of all its transport projects.

“We need a new Clean Air Act, so that government departments, where relevant, consider air pollution as a matter of course in their decisions and people in Britain are no longer subjected to toxic and illegal levels of air pollution as they are today.”

ClientEarth is taking the UK government back to court over illegal levels of air pollution in the UK’s towns and cities, primarily caused by dirty diesel vehicles.

We believe everyone has the right to clean air. In the coming months, we will be launching clean air cases across Europe. Support our campaign and say #No2DirtyAir.

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Rob Bye