Motorway Speed Limit Could Be Cut From 70mph To 60mph
The motorway speed limits could drop down from 70mph to 60mph and pollution taxes placed upon diesel cars in drastic new government measures.
Environmental officials have raised the alarm, claiming cars emit more devastating emissions, detrimental to the environment, when they travel at faster speeds.
To tackle the problem, they suggest motorways with particularly high levels of emissions should cut speed limits down from 70mph to 60mph, the Telegraph reports.
Along with this, the government have outlined in their Air Pollution policy, cars which do not reach the Euro 6 emissions standards could face penalty charges.
Despite officials claiming a punishment in fines is the most likely option to have the ‘greatest impact,’ on pollution levels, council ministers claim all alternatives must be consider first.
They suggest the flow of traffic needs to be addressed in order for the pollution problem to be improved, including the removal of speed bumps and better ‘sequencing’ of traffic lights.
The Government are also opening up a consultation for an ominously sounding ‘targeted’ diesel scrappage scheme and monetary rewards potentially in place to ‘retrofit’ older models.
Scarily there are 40 local authorities in the UK where current levels of diesel exceed European standards.
The consultation reads:
The Government believes that charging zones should only be used where local authorities fail to identify equally effective alternatives.
The consultation goes onto stipulate charging could be the only which is the most effective way to bring down the emissions to safer level in the shortest amount of time.
They will also be required to engage with local people and fully assess the impact of such an approach and how it could be mitigated.
In all cases, charging zones would apply only to older, higher-polluting models of the vehicle types, so as to have a targeted impact on pollution. Any revenues collected by local authorities will be reinvested to support local transport policies, which could cover public health projects or better town and city planning, promoting cleaner air.
Despite all of this, the Conservatives oppose Labour’s views on ‘hitting motorists in the pocket by imposing charging zones and increasing parking charges,’ and instead suggest funding for electric and hydrogen vehicles.
Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom said:
Improving air quality is a key priority as we support businesses in building a stronger and cleaner economy.
Our plan today sets out how we will do just that – including presenting options for targeted diesel scrappage schemes.
But in contrast to this common-sense way forward, Jeremy Corbyn’s only solution would be to hit you in the pocket with higher taxes.
Other measures will also include better emissions testing methods for all vehicles. Could be some major changes ahead then, but perhaps worth it for a cleaner planet…