Speed limit on the motorway could be reduced from 70mph to 60mph to tackle air pollution

Drivers could also be paid to scrap their diesel car under new proposals

 
Under new Government proposals to tackle air pollution, the motorway speed limit could be reduced from 70mph to 60mph, plus a new diesel car scrappage scheme could see owners of such vehicles being paid to scrap them.

To help clean up the air in the UK, the Government is considering introducing a new car scrappage scheme which could see older, more polluting cars being taken off Britain’s roads, as well as reducing the speed limit on some stretches of poorly polluted motorways from 70mph to 60mph.

The High Court dismissed the Government’s existing proposals saying they wouldn’t meet the EU pollution limits and requested a new set of clean air plans.

Drivers could also be paid to scrap their diesel car under new proposals

Speed limit on the motorway could be reduced from 70mph to 60mph to tackle air pollution © Copyright Mari Buckley and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

 

Under the new scrappage scheme, around 9,000 seriously polluting diesel vehicles and 6,000 old petrol motors could be scrapped, with an electric vehicle taking each of their places.

According to the document, concerns were raised about cars travelling at speed, claiming that they produce more nitrogen oxide toxins, the pollutant which is now blamed for causing thousands of premature deaths each year across the UK.

The plans profess that by reducing the speed limit on poorly polluted stretches of the motorway, the air quality could be improved.

Some common sense measures will also be introduced and extra funding provided, to tackle specific polluting issues and to help increase the take-up of electric vehicles.

The Government has dismissed “hitting motorists in the pocket” by introducing charging zones and raising the prices for parking, saying that cleaning up the air across the country should not mean that ordinary working families are penalised unfairly.

According to documents published by the Government, they believe one of the best ways of tackling and reducing nitrogen dioxide is by introducing ‘clean air zones’ across 27 cities and towns that produce a high level of air pollution.

New measures could mean that drivers of the dirtiest vehicles are charged in such zones. The scheme could also target certain vehicles within a specific sector, for example.

 

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