Published: 27th Jul 2017

Local authorities will have to create their own local air quality plans, under new plans announced by the government. Papers published yesterday by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) show all local authorities would be required to implement measures in order to cut pollution levels ‘as soon as possible’. According to the report, as air quality improves at a national level ‘hotspots are going to become even more localised’ and ‘the importance of action at a local level will increase’. It also states ministers will provide a ‘clear national framework’ with the steps that local authorities need to take, although there are no details about the framework at this stage. The report does list a series of potential measures, including encouraging the uptake of electric and low emission vehicles, restricting access to more polluting cars and charging schemes. And ministers also announced they would make £255m available … (To read the full article, subscribe below)