The Government has broadened its Clean Air Strategy beyond targeting motorists with a series of new measures to tackle air pollution blackspots by 2030.
The main particulates discussed in Defra secretary Michael Gove’s plans are domestic fuels such as wood and coal fires in the home, as well as ammonia emissions from farming.
The only part that the strategy relates to drivers is the promise to collaborate with the automotive parts sector on setting new standards for brake and tyre particulates. The initial strategy, revealed in July last year, targeted emissions from road users, however.
Discussion by lawmakers on air quality has tended to penalise drivers, such as the introduction of the 'toxin tax', while wider anti-diesel rhetoric has led to an increase in cars' CO2 output. In 2017, the public’s move away from diesels led to a 0.8% rise in average CO2 emissions of new cars — the first increase on record. Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) boss Mike Hawes has previously expressed concern about misinformation and heavily negative arguments against diesel amid the Government’s campaign on air quality.