Over 40% of urban air pollution is due to transportation and the biggest culprit is diesel which produces NOx and harmful particles. There are over 11.2 million diesel cars in UK plus, vans, trucks, busses and taxis. On top of that we have diesel trains running through our towns and cities.
In only the last few months the government has introduced a Clean Air Zones Framework, produced a Draft Air Quality Strategy and a Plan for Tackling Roadside Nitrogen Dioxide Concentrations. In terms of investment, on 26th July 2017 the Government announced an additional £255 million to implement the plans, in addition to the £2.7 billion they are already investing to clean up the air and reduce vehicle emissions. This is all very positive and in due course will have a significant impact on reducing air pollution.
But we need action now.