Across the UK, millions of us are breathing in toxic levels of pollution. That needs to change.
Much of our pollution comes from diesel vehicles, yet the taxation system still makes it seem cleaner and cheaper to buy diesel. But even newer diesel vehicles are more polluting than they should be.
Air pollution is dangerous to all of us: it can stunt the growth of children’s lungs and worsen symptoms for people who have asthma and COPD.
We can change this, but there’s not long to go.
When the chancellor announces the government’s budget for the next year on 22 November, we want him to raise the taxes that people pay when they buy a new diesel vehicle. This will help send a message that diesel isn’t a healthy option.
Many people bought diesel vehicles in good faith. The money raised should be used to fund a diesel scrappage scheme to help people move to cleaner vehicles, public transport, cycling and walking.
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