Court orders UK to act on air pollution

The UK Supreme Court has quashed the country’s ineffective plans to cut illegal levels of air pollution in Britain and ordered it to deliver new plans by the end of the year. The ruling is the culmination of a five-year legal battle fought by ClientEarth for the right of British people to breathe clean air, and it means the UK Government must start work on a comprehensive plan to meet pollution limits as soon as possible. Among the measures that it must consider are low-emission zones, congestion charging and other economic incentives.

ClientEarth Lawyer Alan Andrews welcomed the “historic ruling” and noted that particular action was needed on diesel vehicles. The European Commission is taking its own separate infringement action against the UK for breaching the air quality directive.

Source: ClientEarth press release, 29 April 2015.

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