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12 May 2017 | Updated 01 January 1970

The Government recently published a much criticised new draft air quality plan with a variety of options to reduce nitrogen dioxide levels in the UK.

The options are now open for consultation on reducing nitrogen dioxide in our towns and cities where the impact of diesel vehicles is felt most.

To find the consultation, Click Here


Passing the buck

Under the plans, local authorities, who are already responsible for improving air quality in their area, will now be expected to develop new and creative solutions to reduce emissions as quickly as possible, while avoiding undue impact on the motorist.

In line with the timetable directed by the Courts the Government is seeking views on these proposals in advance of preparing its final plan for publication by 31 July. All final decisions will be taken by the incoming government.

This consultation will run until 11:45pm on June 15.



The Government wants to know not just what local authorities want to happen to improve air quality but also businesses and the people of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The draft plan sets out proposed actions to meet air quality standards within the shortest possible time.

This consultation includes the following documents:

Draft UK Air Quality Plan for tackling nitrogen dioxide (‘Improving air quality in the UK: tackling nitrogen dioxide in our towns and cities’).

Technical report, including details of modelling techniques and assumptions used in the draft UK Air Quality Plan for tackling nitrogen dioxide

Alongside the consultation, there has also been published:

Aramework document: Clean air zone framework for England (principles which Local Authorities should follow when setting up clean air zones).

Summary of responses to the Implementation of Clean Air Zones in England consultation

Picture: Hanging-out with the Gov - air your views on clean air proposals and make your own  

Article written by Cathryn Ellis | Published 12 May 2017


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