Much more to do on low emission vehicles


Responding to the Government’s announcement for investment in Ultra Low Emission Vehicles from 2015-2020, Labour’s Shadow Roads Minister Richard Burden MP, said:

“We need to cut emissions on our roads if we are going to meet our climate change targets and improve air quality. But this Government has badly mismanaged funding for low emission vehicles, missing their investment target for 2010-2015.

“Some of today’s announcement is welcome as far as it goes – on infrastructure, City pilot schemes and R & D. But it barely scratches the surface of what government could do through active procurement policies. This Government has made renting and leasing low emissions vehicles more expensive and is set to increase ULEV company car tax.

Ministers must listen to what industry is saying to them about boosting the skills base needed to make UK a global leader in low emission technologies.”

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I was Labour Member of Parliament for Birmingham Northfield between 1992 and 2019 and a former Shadow Transport Minister. I now chair Healthwatch in Birmingham and Solihull, and the West Midlands Board of Remembering Srebrenica. I also work as a public affairs consultant. I am an effective community advocate and stakeholder alliance builder with a passion for human rights. I am a trustee of the Balfour Project charity and of Citizens Advice Birmingham, and a former Chair of Medical Aid for Palestinians.

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