RCEP hits back on diesels

The Government's refusal to use the tax system to promote reductions in air pollution by heavy diesels has been challenged by the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution (RCEP). And the RCEP has also repeated its calls for new controls on diesel fuel additives.

The RCEP's latest views on how the Government should tackle the air pollution problems caused by buses and lorries came in a letter from its Chairman, Sir John Houghton, to Transport Secretary John MacGregor.

The letter expresses "disappointment" at the Government's rejection in November of some of the key points made by the RCEP in its 1991 report on diesels.

The Government's response (ENDS Report 214, pp 31-32

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