Q Would you con­sider mak­ing a na­tional rul­ing ex­empt­ing clas­sic cars from emis­sion zones across Bri­tish cities?

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

LABOUR:

‘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.’

LIB­ERAL DEMOCRATS:

‘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.’

UKIP:

‘ 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?’

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