Q Would you consider making a national ruling exempting classic cars from emission zones across British cities?
‘Labour will introduce a new Clean Air Act and oversee the creation of a national network of low emissions zones, building on the work done by Labour councils in towns and cities up and down the country. A new Clean Air Act will introduce a set of common standards, tariffs and penalties to ensure that emissions are kept down to improve health outcomes across the United Kingdom. We will raise awareness of the health impacts of polluted air so that people can make informed choices for their health and the wider environment.’
‘The Government must urgently tackle air pollution, which contributes to 40,000 premature deaths a year and costs the NHS and our economy £20 billion. The Lib Dems would extend ultra-low-emission zones like the one planned for London to ten more towns and cities, introduce a scrappage scheme to help owners of diesel cars to upgrade to newer, cleaner models and ban the sale of new diesel cars and small vans by 2025. We cannot ask classic car owners to convert or replace their engines without losing an important part of our heritage. That’s why London has decided to exempt vehicles built before 1973 from its ultra-lowemission zone; other cities could do the same.’
‘ Yes. It is ridiculous to expect that classic vehicles would be banned from city centres. Where would the London-Brighton Veteran Car Run be if the cars taking part couldn’t enter London or Brighton?’