ClientEarth threatens legal action over air quality as research reveals pollution can shorten children’s lives

Environmental lawyers ClientEarth are considering legal action over Greater Manchester’s air quality plans because its proposed clean air zone (CAZ) does not place restrictions on cars for personal use.

10 local authorities in Greater Manchester have submitted joint plans for a 1,295km2 clean air charging zone to levy money from drivers of the dirtiest vans, HGVs and buses – most of these being diesel.

But cars for personal use are excluded from the CAZ, a move which ClientEarth argues is against the High Court’s legal instructions to reduce air pollution to legal limits within “the shortest time possible”. ClientEarth said private cars are the “major culprit” where air pollution across the boroughs is concerned, and contributes to the area having some of the highest rates of asthma in the country.

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