The Government has today (14 July) launched its Transport Decarbonisation Plan 'to create cleaner, quieter cities and communities for better quality of life and to improve the way people and goods move around as we build back greener.'

The plan provides a ‘greenprint’ to cut emissions from seas and skies, roads and railways, setting out a pathway for the whole transport sector to reach net zero by 2050.

As part of this vision, the Government has today announced its intention to phase out the sale of new diesel and petrol heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) by 2040, subject to consultation – combined with the 2035 phase out date for polluting cars and vans, this represents a world-leading pledge to ban all polluting road vehicles within the next two decades.

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Stephen Edwards, Interim CEO, Living Streets comments:

“It’s fantastic to see the government planning to decarbonise transport, the biggest source of greenhouse gases in the UK.  

As well as targeting the most polluting vehicles, we need to be looking at ways to reduce car use altogether for short, everyday journeys and making it easier for people to choose cleaner ways to get around.  

“One in four cars in the morning are on the school run. Making it easier for families to walk the journey to school can make a huge difference. Living Streets’ walk to school programme reduces the number of cars around the school gates, making the walk to school safer, cleaner and more attractive.  

“Walking is the cheapest, greenest, healthiest transport there is. It’s the best way to reduce congestion, tackle air pollution and get to Net Zero by 2050 or before.”