This week, Neil led a debate in Westminster calling for a diesel scrappage scheme.
Diesel vehicles emit far higher levels of nitrogen oxides and the Environment Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee, of which Neil is Chairman, has called poor air quality a 'public health emergency'. On Wednesday morning, Neil pressed the Transport Minister not to punish diesel drivers for taking the advice of a previous Labour government, but to offer a 'carrot and stick approach' to get the dirtiest diesels off the road. Neil said any scheme should be targeted, providing money towards newer cleaner forms of transport, particularly in the pollution hot spots.
The Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs must now publish a new draft Air Quality Plan by April 24, which will look to tackle illegally poor air pollution.