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The government published a summary of responses and its decision on 15 August 2011, following to this request for for views about how emissions from heavy goods vehicles could be reduced.
The Department for Transport is keen to gather views from operators on how emissions of harmful air pollutants from heavy goods vehicles could be best reduced. We are seeking as much data and real evidence as possible, on potential actions to improve air quality cost-effectively. We are sending a similar request to bus operators.
Responses to this document will help inform the government’s approach to improving compliance with European standards, while it seeks to promote industry-led initiatives and build on best practice to prevent the need for future regulation.
While air quality has improved in recent years, current levels of air pollution remain harmful to health in some locations, and road transport is known to be a significant contributor. The coalition programme for government states that the government will work towards full compliance with European air quality standards.