A new Clean Air Strategy announced today (22 May 2018) by Environment Secretary, Michael Gove, aims to crack down on a wide range of pollutants.
The UK government has now been defeated in both UK and EU courts over its failure to tackle toxic air pollution, with it newly announced that a further case would be heard in the EU’s highest court (21 May 2018).
Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking is calling for further action to reduce car use.
Living Streets is also calling for a national network of clean air zones (CAZs) to take the most polluting vehicles out of the most polluted areas. The government’s own evidence shows that charging Clean Air Zones are the most effective way to cut air pollution.
Living Streets’ new report, ‘Swap the school run for a school walk’ sets out 21 recommendations aimed at national government, local authorities and schools to increase the number of children walking to school. This includes closing streets outside schools at pick up and drop off time, which can form part of an area wide charging Clean Air Zone.