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Support clean transport to ensure clean air

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We will support clean transport to ensure clean air...

Conservative Party Manifesto 2019, p.55

Our verdict

  • This is a promise to take steps to promote “clean transport”, meaning modes of transport that can help reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions and levels of pollution in the air. 
  • In March 2020, the government published ‘Decarbonising Transport’, a document it described as “the first step to developing…policy proposals and a coordinated plan…”, and in July and August 2020 a public consultation was held to gather ideas for the creation of the plan. In March 2021, the government published its response to a consultation on ending the sale of new petrol, diesel and hybrid cars, and committed to bringing forward the phase out date by five years to 2030.
  • The December 2020 Energy white paper announced that the Transport Decarbonisation Plan, initially promised for Autumn 2020, had been rescheduled for spring 2021, but planning is clearly under way and the acceleration of plans to ban high-emission cars is further evidence of a commitment to fulfilling this pledge, so for now this policy is ‘in progress’.

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