Chris Ames 06 December 2017

Government faces more legal action over air quality plans

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Ministers face yet another challenge to their plans to cut illegal levels of air pollution from road traffic after a judge ordered a High Court hearing in the new year.

This will be the third case brought by campaigning lawyers ClientEarth, whose previous victories required ministers to write and then rewrite its national strategy to tackle nitrogen dioxide. Mr Justice Nicklin ordered the case to be heard before 23 February 2018.

ClientEarth is arguing that the Government's new plan, published in July, is inadequate because it backtracks on commitments to order five cities to introduce Clean Air Zones (CAZs) by 2020; does not require any action in English 45 local authorities with illegal pollution levels; and does not require action by Wales to cut pollution as quickly as possible.

It wants a court order to force ministers to take additional actions to rectify these alleged flaws within a clear timescale.

ClientEarth CEO James Thornton said: ‘We’re not surprised that the judge has ruled that the Government has a case to answer here. The current plans are too weak and too vague and mean that we will still be choking on illegal levels of pollution for years to come.

‘The Government’s persistent failure to deal with air pollution in this country is nothing short of a scandal.’

A spokesperson for environment department Defra said: 'Air pollution has improved significantly since 2010, but we recognise there is more to do which is why we have put in place a £3.5bn plan to improve air quality and reduce harmful emissions.

'We will also end the sale of conventional new diesel and petrol cars and vans by 2040, and next year we will publish a comprehensive clean air strategy which will set out further steps to tackle air pollution.'

This story first appeared on Transport Network.

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