Money raised should be spent on improving public transport, cycling and walking, advise researchers
Thursday 30 June 2016 14.00 BST
The purchase of highly polluting diesel cars in the UK should be discouraged with a tax of up to £5,000 to help tackle the public health emergency of air pollution, according to a new report.
The policy could be particularly important following the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, which until now has set most pollution rules.
Drivers of polluting cars should also have to pay a charge to enter cities, where air pollution is worst, the researchers from University College London (UCL) said. The revenue raised should be spent on improving public transport, cycling and walking, but not on a scrappage scheme, they said.