English councils handed new air quality deadlines

DEFRA has issued six new air quality directions, instructing councils to implement clean air zones (CAZs), lower speed limits or other measures to cut polluting emissions from road transport.

Though signed off by environment minister Thérèse Coffey in March, they were only published in yesterday, addressed to Coventry, Sheffield and Rotherham, Southampton and Bath and councils in Surrey and Hampshire.

Coventry has been instructed to implement a stringent class D clean air zone as soon as possible, intended to secure compliance with EU limits on nitrogen dioxide (NO2) by 2023. The zone will force older buses, coaches, taxis, minicabs, vans and – most controversially – even private cars to pay to enter the city.

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