Local government leaders seek national consensus on air pollution measures

Local action to cut air pollution needs more support from central government, say 16 council and regional leaders

The leaders want a national database of taxis and minicabs. Photograph: public domainThe leaders of sixteen local councils and regions from across the political spectrum have demanded that the government delivers more robust policies to fight air pollution.

Meeting on 21 November, representatives of almost 7m people from cities such as Cardiff, Oxford, Newcastle, Birmingham, and York, alongside Cornwall County Council, called for political consensus on a “national framework” of measures, including greater incentives for diesel drivers to switch to low-emission vehicles.

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