Still failing to tackle air pollution.
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After much delay, and only after a court order, on 26 July the UK government published a plan to tackle the scandal of Britain’s illegal and dirty air.1 Cities in Britain now regularly breach safety standards because of air pollution caused by traffic, in particular by diesel powered vehicles. The number and proportion of diesel vehicles have grown in recent years as successive governments encouraged their purchase because their greenhouse gas emission rates are lower than those of petrol vehicles.23 Between 2000 and 2016 the percentage of cars powered by diesel rose from 12.9% to 39.1%, while that of diesel light goods vehicles rose from 76.9% to 96.2%.4 The problem, however, is that diesel vehicles, especially under real life driving conditions, produce more pollutants such as particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide (NO2). These pollutants are especially harmful to infants and children and contribute to about 40 000 premature deaths a year among British adults.56