EU fines will be factored into DEFRA’s revised air plan

Ministers have answered questions about their revision of air quality plans, but EFRA was not convinced by their responses

John Hayes, minister of state at the Department for Transport. Photograph: Home OfficeThe cost of potential environmental fines from the EU has been factored into the government’s revision of its air quality scheme, the Department for Transport (DfT) has confirmed.  

In response to questions from the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) committee on 13 December, transport minister John Hayes MP said work was “underway” to respond to the ruling by the High Court which forced a revision of the plans and potential fines for non-compliance would be factored into its “cost calculation”.

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