Why a ruling means more councils must tackle air quality

The High Court’s decision to reject the government’s air quality policies for the third time means a new group of 33 town halls will now have to devise measures to improve air quality. Gareth Simkins reports

ClientEarth are expected to return to the High Court to argue against the lawfulness of the finalised air quality plan

The judgment on 21 February was the third to go against the government

Dozens of English local councils will have to devise new measures to improve air quality, after DEFRA’s air quality plan fell in the High Court. But precisely what they will be required to do shall remain unknown for some time and will not be certain until the autumn. In some cases, only speed restrictions or no-right-turn signs may be needed. Other councils, however, may conclude more radical action is needed, such as setting up clean air zones (CAZs) to charge for the entry of more polluting vehicles.

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