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Councillor warns of government ‘complacency’ on tackling air pollution

July 26, 2017 2:00 PM

Cllr Andrew Waller, Executive Member for the Environment (Liberal Democrat, Westfield Ward) has welcomed the government's announcement that the sale of diesel and petrol cars will end in 2040 but warned against short term complacency on air quality.

Cllr Waller said: "Whilst we welcome the government's announcement we can't wait until 2040 to address problems of air quality, particularly in York. The technology already exists to overcome the issues so this is a matter of government priorities. The Liberal Democrats are serious about tackling air pollution; we have called for all new diesel car sales to end by 2025 and a scrappage scheme to help drivers convert to greener vehicles. We have already seen the successful conversion of 14% of the city's taxi fleet to lower emission vehicles through a local scheme to support the cost of replacement.

"The Council will be developing a Clean Air Zone later this year to reach air quality targets and we want to do that as quickly as possible.

"Having met with campaigners from Client Earth earlier this year I'm keen that resources are allocated from central government to make the difference to people's health in areas where there is high concentrations of nitrogen dioxide.

"I am now pushing the Council to explore every opportunity to find funding to deliver a 100% electric park and ride bus fleet."