DEFRA answers pleas for scrappage as consultation opens on new air quality measures

The government wants input on how it will support local authorities in spending the new £220m Clean Air Fund

Scrappage may go ahead after all, despite government scepticism. Photograph: Pavla Zakova/123RF

DEFRA has opened consultation on how it could soften the economic and social blow of new measures to combat air quality, while increasing their effectiveness.

The call for evidence was published a few hours after chancellor Philip Hammond began his budget speech on 22 November. He confirmed that an increase in the tax on diesel cars would go towards a £220m Clean Air Fund, separate to the £255m Implementation Fund for clean air zones.

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