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Four MP committees to probe Government’s air quality plans

MPs have convened four select committees to launch a joint inquiry on air quality to examine cross-government plans to tackle air quality, including the use of electric vehicles.

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MPs have convened four select committees to launch a joint inquiry on air quality.

With the Government due to publish new air quality plans by 24 April after losing a UK High Court case, the joint inquiry will see the Environmental Audit CommitteeEnvironment Food and Rural Affairs CommitteeHealth Committee and Transport Committee join forces to hold four evidence sessions  to look at the scale of the harm caused by poor air quality and whether the revised government plans will go far enough to tackle pollution. This will include looking at holistic solutions, including the use of electric vehicles.

Louise Ellman MP, chair of the Transport Select Committee, said: “The UK economy depends on an efficient and flexible transport system but emissions from vehicles are a significant problem and the standards that governments have relied on have not delivered the expected reductions. We will be asking what more can be done to increase the use of cleaner vehicles as well as to encourage the use of sustainable modes of transport.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.