Car ban not enough to clean up polluted streets
Greens want more
The South Lanarkshire branch of the Scottish Green Party has welcomed a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2040 – but insist that the plan does not go far enough.
And the group has called on the Scottish Government to introduce other measures to help decrease air pollution in urban areas.
The UK Government announced the ban on such vehicles last month in an effort to cut pollution.
Rutherglen Main Street is consistently listed as one of the most polluted streets in Scotland.
In 2016, the street recorded 41.1 microgrammes per cubic metre of nitrogen dioxide in 2016, above the European Ambient Air Quality Directive of 40.
The town was made an air quality management area in 2015. Cambuslang Main Street only narrowly made the target last year, with 39.3 microgrammes.
Local co-ordinator for the Scottish Greens, Brian Finlay, said: “It is unfortunate the UK Government has decided to go at the same pace as France and others rather than taking a lead.
“Nevertheless, fumes from cars and lorries are ending thousands of lives prematurely each year, and it’s therefore encouraging that the UK Government is finally moving to protect people’s health and boost a key green industry.
“It’s not enough to say they’ll take care of pollution and people’s health in 23 years’ time, we need ministers and councils to put plans in place now to tackle engine idling and improve car sharing.
“Introducing a 20 mph default speed limit in urban areas is one way the Scottish Government can prove its willingness to act.”
Fumes end thousands of lives
Air we breathe The Greens say the proposal does not go far enough to combat pollution on streets like Rutherglen Main Street