The Government recently announced that, in a move to help reduce air pollution levels, all sales of new petrol and diesel cars and vans will cease in the UK by 2040.
This decision has come as part of the much anticipated ‘Clean Air Strategy’ – a government strategy that aims to improve air quality in the UK. Whilst concerns about the threat of increased air pollution are nothing new, the issue has continued to worsen in recent history; air quality is now thought to be linked to around 40,000 premature deaths a year and has even been linked with dementia in a recent study that looked at higher rates of the disease in people who lived close to major roads.
So far, a number of measures have been discussed and you may soon find that your Local authorities start to change road layouts, upgrade public transport options and even begin to remove speed bumps in favour of alternate traffic calming measures. Should these measures not be enough, we could soon start seeing ‘clean air zones’ that, much like the current congestion zone, require payment based upon vehicle type and time spent in the zone.