Make York a 'Clean Air Zone'
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York has been monitoring the dangerous levels of air pollution caused by traffic for nearly 20 years. Although there are signs of improvement there are still over 100 people a year dying early because of the pollution and more children suffer asthma and have restricted lung development. Of the UK’s 43 air quality zones, 38 (including York) have failed to meet Nitrogen Dioxide limits stipulated by the EU and are unlikely to do so before 2020.
We therefore call for more urgent action to implement the Air Quality Action Plan immediately, with a ‘Clean Air Zone’ for the city centre and targeted enforcement action against drivers parked with their engines running.
NB. At national level, government had been under a court direction to produce tougher draft measures to tackle illegal levels of nitrogen dioxide pollution, which is largely caused by diesel traffic, by Monday just gone - BUT after the announcement by Theresa May of a general election, ministers are now asking for judges to allow them to abandon this deadline and leave us choking for longer!
This petition contributes to National Clean Air Day on 15th June.
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