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Times calls for cleaner cars, Guardian calls for virtual abolition of cars

The problem of the pollution produced by the car featured prominently in the media in early March, with one prominent columnist calling for a rather more drastic solution than two leading politicians. Rik Thomas reports

15 March 2019
Politicians Lilian Greenwood and Neil Parish put aside party differences aside in a Times article to call for more government action to reduce the pollution produced by cars, while Guardian columnist George Monbiot suggested that the solution to the problem was to all-but abolish the private car
Politicians Lilian Greenwood and Neil Parish put aside party differences aside in a Times article to call for more government action to reduce the pollution produced by cars, while Guardian columnist George Monbiot suggested that the solution to the problem was to all-but abolish the private car

 

On 5 March the chairs of two House of Commons select committees, Lilian Greenwood (the Labour chair of the transport committee) and Neil Parish (the Conservative chair of the environment, food and rural affairs committee), co-authored a ‘Red Box’ column in The Times which asserted that it is: “Time we taxed cars in proportion to how polluting they are.

“The current vehicle tax system should be made much fairer through reflecting each vehicle’s individual...

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