Clean Air Zones needed in 'three' major UK cities affecting two million people

New Clean Air Zones are needed in hree major UK cities, according to campaigners. Birmingham's Clean Air Zone and the Ulez scheme in London, the capital city, could be replicated across Liverpool, Greater Manchester and Sheffield in the north of England, too, campaigners have said.

Campaign group Transport&Environment (T&E) warned there was “no reason” why low emission zones and Clean Air Zone schemes aren't more widespread. Matt Finch, UK Policy Manager at Transport&Environment, told the Express : “Clean Air Zones in theory should already be applied. In some cities there is Brum Breathes, obviously, you've got ULEZ in London.

“Other cities have other requirements already and how they implement those is up to them.” He added: “There are two halves to this though, isn't there? I don't want to pay taxes to the NHS to deal with the increase in asthma attacks and increased lung problems."

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Liverpool boasts 500,000 people with 600,000 in Manchester and 600,000 in Sheffield, too. Matt went on: “So it's a cost that we are paying right now, like it or not we do need to pay taxes and they go to the NHS and some of that money is spent on the effects of people driving around on diesel cars. That’s the situation.

“Other cities can learn from what happened in London. Take what was learned in London and apply it.” The report read: “Transport & Environment UK sees no reason why other regions across the UK could not introduce clean air measures and, at a national level, that rules specifically targeted at reducing diesel use need to be considered.”

It added: “At the very least clean air zones need to be recognised as not only beneficial to people’s health, but also making a marked, positive difference to UK energy and trade dynamics.” Matt said: “The UK is a net importer of diesel which sounds very bland but it means we don’t produce enough diesel for the cars and lorries and vans and whatever that drive around using it right now. We have to import it.”

“How can we bring diesel use down at least to a level where we are reducing the amount that we burn in our country?”