Air pollution is a health and environmental emergency in the UK, with up to 36,000 people dying prematurely every year as a result of dirty air. The UK persistently breaches air pollution legal limits, and action to tackle this issue has been extremely slow.
The most effective way to deal with this is to roll out clean air zones across the country. These are specific areas of cities which charge the most polluting vehicles for entering the zone and, when they cover all vehicle types including private cars, have been shown to encourage the shift to cleaner vehicles and alternative modes of transport, such as walking or cycling.
For more information on the environmental, health and economic benefits of clean air zones, read our report. Three months after the launch of the Birmingham clean air zone, Public First research for Green Alliance found strong support for the local authority’s implementation of the zone with residents in favour of more investment in public transport to further tackle air pollution.