Plans follow French is committed to take polluting vehicles off the road owing to effect of poor air quality on peoples health
Britain is to ban all new petrol and diesel automobiles and vans from 2040 amid were afraid that rising high levels of nitrogen oxides pose a major risk to public health.
The commitment, which follows a similar pledge in France, is part of the governments much-anticipated clean air scheme, which has been at the heart of a protracted high court legal battle.
The government warned that the move, which will also take in hybrid vehicles, was needed because of the unnecessary and avoidable impact that poor air quality was having on people health. Pastors believe it poses the largest environmental risk to public health in the UK, expensing up to 2.7 bn in lost productivity in one recent year.
Ministers have been urged to introduce charges for vehicles to enter a series of clean air zones( CAZ ). However, we are only wants taxes to be considered as a last resort, dreading a backlash against any move that penalises motorists.
Poor air quality is the biggest environmental hazard to public health in the UK and this government is determined to take strong action in the shortest possible time possible, a government spokesman said.
That is why we are providing councils with new funding to accelerate development of local schemes, as part of an ambitious 3bn programme to clean up dirty air around our roads.
The final plan, which was due by the end of July, comes after a draft report that environmental lawyers described as much weaker than hoped for.
The environment secretary, Michael Gove, will be hoping for a better reception where reference is publishes the outcome document on Wednesday following months of legal wrangling.
A briefing on parts of the scheme, watched by the Guardian, recurs the heavy focus on the steps that can be taken to help councils improve air quality in specific areas where emissions have violated EU thresholds.
Measures to be urgently brought in by local authorities that have repeatedly breached EU regulations include retrofitting buses and other modes of public transport, changing road layouts and altering features such as roundabouts and speed humps.
Reprogramming traffic lights will also be included in local plans, with councils please give 255 m to accelerate their efforts. Local emissions hotspots will be required to layout their plans by March 2018 and finalise them by the end of the year. A targeted scrappage scheme is also expected to be included.
Some want the countrywide initiative to follow in the footsteps of London, which is introducing a 10 toxic T-charge that will be levied on up to 10,000 of the oldest, most polluting vehicles every weekday.
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