Britain aims to ban petrol and diesel cars in the country from 2040 as a sign of their commitment to reduce the rising level of nitrogen oxide in the world for a safer humanity.
The pledge is in line with Emmanuel Macron’s efforts in France as they also are working towards a much-anticipated clean air plan.
Government officials in Britain believe that the largest environmental risk to public health in the UK is poor air quality, costing 2.7 billion pounds in lost productivity in recent years.
The Guardian reports that officials have been urged to introduce charges for vehicles to enter a series of “clean air zones” (CAZ). However, the government only wants taxes to be considered as a last resort, fearing a backlash against any move that punishes motorists.
“Poor air quality is the biggest environmental risk to public health in the UK and this government is determined to take strong action in the shortest time possible,” a government spokesman said.
“That is why we are providing councils with new funding to accelerate development of local plans, as part of an ambitious £3bn programme to clean up dirty air around our roads.”
A briefing on parts of the plan, seen by the Guardian, repeats the heavy focus on the steps that can be taken to help councils improve air quality in specific areas where emissions have breached EU thresholds.
Some want the countrywide initiative to follow in the footsteps of London, which is introducing a £10 toxic “T-charge” that will be levied on up to 10,000 of the oldest, most polluting vehicles every weekday.
They hope the centrepiece of Wednesday’s strategywill be the plan to ban diesel and petrol sales completely by 2040.
Full article: Britain Looks to Ban All Petrol and Diesel Vehicles (TruNews)