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Fresh council drive to improve air quality in Sheffield

Sheffield is gearing up for a fresh attempt to improve air quality in the city as it continues to breach UK and European guidelines.

It is looking at ways of lowering levels of pollution generated by buses, taxis, lorries and private cars in parts of the city with the worst air quality, such as the city centre and the east end.

The council has been trying for years to tackle the problem and has drawn up a Low Emission Zone strategy - but it is being warned that it could be fined if it does not take effective action by 2015. The Government could pass on European penalties to councils.

Cabinet member Jack Scott said reducing traffic emissions without tackling industrial, commercial and domestic heating would not achieve the overall improvements needed. “Local road transport must deliver its fair share of the improvements. Simply waiting for vehicle fleets to renew naturally over time and using better technology to reduce emissions from buses and goods vehicles would take until 2020 at the earliest, so a more proactive strategy is needed.”

 

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