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New emissions testing could slash air pollution

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, along with his counterpart in Paris, has today announced a new emissions scoring scheme, which will test new cars and vans on the road and help consumers identify the cleanest vehicles.

Reacting to the announcement, Simon Alcock, a spokesperson for the environmental law organisation ClientEarth, said: “This is a significant move that ClientEarth has been calling for. For too long car companies have been able to get away with selling people cars that pollute far more on our roads than they do in the laboratory tests. This has made a major contribution to the air pollution crisis that we are seeing in our towns and cities today.

“The government should introduce a similar scheme across the country so everyone has the option to choose cleaner vehicles. This would also make Clean Air Zones work better which is vital if we are to take the dirtiest vehicles off our streets.”

In November of last year, ClientEarth won its case against the UK government over the country’s illegal levels of air pollution. This came after a Supreme Court victory on the same issue in April 2015.

As a result of that victory in the High Court, the government was ordered to prepare improved air quality plans. These are due by 24 April.

ClientEarth will examine the plans carefully and will work to make sure they are good enough to bring air pollution within legal limits as soon as possible.

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