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Air Quality Strategy to Reduce Coronavirus infection - APPG Published Date: 04/06/2020

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Air Quality has published its Air Quality Strategy including provisions relevant to taxi and PH licensing.

The “Strategy to Reduce Coronavirus Infection as we emerge from Lockdown”, published on the 29th of May, made several recommendations to the Government, including:

1. Accelerate the electrification of diesel taxis

2. Extend the Low Emission Zone, Ultra Low Emission Zone and Congestion Zone in UK cities

3. Accelerate electric vehicle rollouts and infastucture

4. Introduce vehicle scrappage schemes for the older vehicles

APPG chair, Geraint Davies MP, said: “All the proposals in the document focus on reducing pollution and Covid infection. Some can be introduced immediately and will help to ensure that a second peak does not overwhelm the NHS after lockdown. All will deliver cleaner air over subsequent years to help to ensure better public health, less strain on the NHS and greater resilience against future pandemics.”

The strategy was developed with input from MPs, APPG members and supporters, academics and businesses.