Diesel Vehicles: Exhaust Emissions

Department for Transport written question – answered on 29th March 2017.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the effect of diesel car emissions on public health.

Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Minister of State (Department for Transport)

The Government is committed to improving the UK’s air quality and reducing the associated health impacts. The UK currently meets legal limits for almost all pollutants; however, reducing levels for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) remains challenging.

One of the main reasons for current NO2 levels is the failure of diesel vehicles to deliver expected emission reductions in real world driving conditions. That is why the UK has secured agreement at EU level to introduce more stringent real driving emissions testing for all new cars and vans across the EU from September 2017, ensuring that vehicle manufacturers live up to their low emission credentials.

The Government has committed more than £2 billion to increase the uptake of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) and support greener transport schemes. In addition, the Chancellor announced a further £290 million to support electric vehicles, low emission buses and taxis, and alternative fuels in the 2016 Autumn Statement.

Our air quality plans have always followed the best available evidence. We are currently working on the next steps needed to revise the national air quality plan on nitrogen dioxide. We will set out further measures later this year including a revised air quality plan.

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