Ministers told to get tougher on ‘dirty air’
BIRMINGHAM City Council leader Ian Ward has joined forces with 16 other mayors and city leaders to call on the Government to take tougher action against air pollution.
He signed a joint letter to Prime Minister Theresa May urging her to prioritise action on dirty air and provide funding to tackle a “growing air pollution public health crisis”.
The letter calls for new legislation giving councils more powers to regulate taxi and private hire services. It calls for a “national vehicle renewal scheme” to help drivers and small businesses, including taxi operators, replace older vehicles with low-pollution cars and vans.
It follows warnings that air pollution may be causing the premature deaths of more than 1,000 people in the West Midlands each year.
Wood-fire stoves also blamed for releasing pollution into the atmosphere.
The letter states: “Our country's polluted air is shortening lives, damaging our children's lungs, and severely impacting on the NHS as well as costing the economy in working days lost.”