World Environment Day - Air Pollution

Today on UN World environment day LibDem and Bath MP, Wera Hobhouse, will introduce a Bill into the House of Commons to give local authorities increased powers to fine drivers of idling vehicles.

The Vehicle Emissions (Idling Penalties) Bill proposes an increase to penalties for stationary vehicle idling offences. While Local Authorities already have some powers to act on idling vehicles the Bill is intended to enhance these powers.

Wera Hobhouse said:

“For far too long this Conservative Government has failed to take air pollution seriously. They have lost numerous court cases over their inability to tackle the toxic fumes that Britain breathes every day. Liberal Democrats demand better.

"This is a major crisis, with emissions from vehicles responsible for a myriad of health problems, many terminal. Research shows that 800,000 people die every year across Europe due to air pollution.

"We must do more to tackle both the climate emergency and the air pollution crisis. The Tories must stop wilfully ignoring the problem and back my Bill."

This is an issue, not just for major urban settings but right across North East Somerset, so I welcome this initiative.

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