Transport is now the biggest polluter in the UK – we need to get ‘aggressive’ on car use

Emissions from transportation are continuing to increase– on the other hand, the energy sector has cut emissions by 57%.

The Government has actually verified that transportation in the UK is now the legally-binding environment targets. At the exact same time, the toxic fumes pumped out by roadway automobiles are connected to the needless deaths of more than 900 people in Britain I have written to Chris Grayling, the Transport Secretary advising him to prevent crisis by changing course from a UK infrastructure agenda so dangerously rooted in the twentieth century.With each year

, each round of cuts, and each new financial investment in a ‘automobile as king’ fossil-fuelled transportation system, the Government reverses from the sustainable transport future we require to integrate in Britain.Committed to a major road-building plan, the similarity which has not been seen for decades, the Conservatives are looking backwards in the hopes of structure Britain from an issue that needs strong political will and genuine innovation.The Government isn’t really positive it can even provide the expensive projects to which it has already committed. If it does, nevertheless, we can be positive they will stop working by themselves terms– putting more cars and trucks on our roadways and increasing congestion.Dumbfounding as it is, at the same time, the Government is likewise cutting financing for bus services, rowing back on its rail electrification guarantees and under-committing to crucial walking and cycling facilities tasks. In my constituency, this is best highlighted by the confounding choice to downgrade plans for a crucial regional East-West railway link– choosing filthy diesel over electrical trains– to prioritise constructing a new roadway system to link the same cities.The modest financial investment in electrical automobile innovation, nevertheless, is welcome, and will play a part in cleansing and decarbonising our transport system, however it fails to grasp the actual problem. As does an ineffective plan to prohibit contaminating fuel and diesel vehicles in 22 years time. We need fewer not just more recent vehicles on our roadways. We also need to be sure we’re not turning over a vehicle production market found to be consistently evading and cheating on automobile requirements with delivering the climate and environment developments about which it has actually deceived the British public for nigh on 2 decades.As a member of the European Parliament’s Public Health and Transportation Committees, I am currently dealing with legislation that aims to introduce, as one procedure amongst numerous, road pricing to ensure the negative effects of driving are shouldered by the polluters and that the cash is reinvested in tidying up our air and decarbonising transport systems throughout Europe.It will not be popular amongst

chauffeurs, but when,< a href= target= _ blank rel= noopener data-saferedirecturl ="//"> as in Oxford, it is individuals who least contribute to the problem that suffer its impacts most highly it is necessary and just.Road pricing is just among the steps already available to a UK Government that could take immediate action on the transport crises. Banning polluting automobiles from urban locations, diesel scrappage schemes, and charging clean air zones are some others.Ultimately, we have to be moving away from private vehicles, to more public and mass transport. We require a Federal government that supports regional authority efforts to promote walking and biking and provides the economical facilities active transport requires.It needs a strong vision to

alter the way we think of end-to-end journeys and provide a system that is fit for purpose. It is exactly what I am dealing with my coworkers in the EU.We’re not there yet, however I am advising Chris Grayling to join us on the road towards a genuinely sustainable movement future.Keith Taylor is the Green

Party MEP for South East England.