Air quality is a major topic for local and national government. The UK Government’s air quality strategy calls for introduction of policies to improve air quality by reducing emissions form road transport. The principal tool promoted is the adoption of clean air zones. Clean Air Zones will restrict and discourage entry to certain areas by a number of means, including the charging of older more polluting vehicles. Currently London is introducing its Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in April 2019 and will expand the extent of the zone in 2021. The charging structure for ULEZ will include pre Euro3 motorcycles.
MAG believes that improving air quality is a laudable goal and believes that promoting modal shift from single occupancy cars to powered two wheelers is a viable and legitimate part of the solution. MAG therefore contests that charging of motorcycles of any age to enter Clean Air Zones is counter-productive and illogical in terms of the stated goal of improving air quality.
- MAG supports reducing emissions, but not at any cost, as measured specifically in terms of curtailed rights, increased cost and prohibition.
- MAG is willing to respectfully challenge the science or contradictions in environmental policy where it is necessary to protect the interest of motorcyclists.
- MAG promotes modal shift to I.C.E. bikes to reduce emissions now.
- MAG Air Quality Manifesto
Case for modal shift to PTW’s
- Leuven Report
- Motorcycle Framework
- DfT Motorcycle Strategy 2005
- Air quality plan for nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in UK (2017)
- National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory
- Evaluation of Journey Time and Emissions of PTWs in Bus Lanes
- COMEAP Report: The Mortality Effects of Long-Term Exposure to Particulate Air Pollution in the United Kingdom (2010)
- Public Health England Report: Estimating Local Mortality Burdens associated with Particulate Air Pollution (2014)
- DEFRA Report: Valuing impacts on air quality: Updates in valuing changes in emissions of Oxides of Nitrogen (NOX) and concentrations of Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) (2015)
- Royal College of Physicians Report: Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution (2016)
- COMEAP Report: Associations of long-term average concentrations of nitrogen dioxide with mortality (Aug 2018)
- Lancet Report: Impact of London’s low emission zone on air quality and children’s respiratory health (Nov 2018