UK Government on 5 May 2017 has produced a draft air pollution
consultation after a protracted legal battle with campaigners.
Government is seeking views on these proposals in advance of preparing its final
plan for publication by 31 July 2017. All final decisions will be taken by the
incoming Government. The consultation will run until 15 June 2017.
proposals suggest it is for local authorities to develop plans for clean air
zones. There is also a suggestion that speed bumps on local roads could be
removed, as well as other 'traffic management measures.'
According to the Royal
College of Physicians, air pollution across the UK is linked to
around 40,000 premature deaths every year.
UK has struggled to keep within EU limits on some pollutants, particularly
nitrogen dioxide (NO2), which is produced by diesel engines and is linked to a
range of respiratory diseases including asthma. Some 37 of the 43 regions of the
UK are in breach of NO2 limits.
Gary Rae, campaigns director for Brake, the road safety and sustainable
transport charity, said:- "These proposals had to be
dragged out of the Government, who fought against it in the Courts, and lost. We
will study the details in the plan, but the headlines give us cause for concern.
It appears the Government has abdicated responsibility for reducing air
pollution to local authorities. If any issue needs tackling on a national; and
international; level, it's this. We have a national health emergency, and the
Government is kicking the issue into the long grass. The idea that removing
speed bumps on local roads will somehow reduce air pollution is both cynical and
misguided. Most of the pollution comes from vehicles travelling on major routes,
in big urban conurbations. Speed bumps are a red herring and the government
The rush to bring in 20mph speed limits might help
to reduce road related deaths within built up areas, but
ironically they increase toxic pollution. Reducing traffic
speeds below 40mph may increase toxic pollution, says Transport
report Also according to AA
cutting the speed limit from 30mph to 20mph can pump up CO2 emissions by more