Ahead of next month’s UK Bus Summit in London, prominent voices in the UK bus industry are calling on central and local government to recognise that buses are an ally in the battle for cleaner air rather than the enemy

 

 

Buses must be seen as an integral part of the solution to address poor air quality in urban areas, rather than the problem. That is the message the UK bus industry is conveying to central and local government ahead of next month’s UK Bus Summit in London, which will focus on plans to create new Clean Air Zones.

A number of prominent industry figures voice this view in the UK Bus Summit Review 2018, a new publication which accompanies this edition of Passenger Transport.

It is vital that the latest generation of clean British buses be embraced as part of the solution

“Local authorities with roads breaching legal pollution levels have until March to publish their draft plans to tackle air pollution in their areas, and it is vital that the latest generation of clean British buses be embraced as part of the solution,” writes Claire Haigh, chief executive of pro-bus campaign group Greener Journeys.

John Dowie, director of local strategies at First Bus, writes: “Air quality has the potential to be a game changer for the better. We can undoubtedly do this badly – skimping on public support for retrofit, regulating too fast, ignoring the challenges faced by small and medium operators … But it does not have to be like this, and if we get it right the potential is enormous.”

 

This article appears in the latest issue of Passenger Transport.

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