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Over ¾ Of Brits Want Clean Air Zones

Over ¾ of respondents to a UK survey have said they want urgent action to improve air quality, such as introducing clean air zones.

According to a survey conducted by YouGov on behalf of the Clean Air Alliance and supported by Dearman, 76% of those surveyed in Birmingham, Leeds, London, Nottingham, and Southampton said they want action taken to address unsafe levels of air quality, such as the introduction of Clean Air or Ultra Low Emission Zones in their cities.

YouGov surveyed more than 800 people from Birmingham, Leeds, London, Nottingham, and Southampton, and informed them that the levels of air pollution in their cities were considered unsafe, and breach European Union law.

“This research demonstrates just how big an issue air quality has become,” said Dan Byles, Chair of the Clean Air Alliance. “As awareness of the scale of the problem and evidence of pollution’s impact on our health has grown, people have become justifiably concerned.”

The survey comes as the UK faces continuing pressure from within and without to clean up its levels of air quality.

“The Government and local authorities have been presented with a once in a lifetime opportunity to make a positive impact on the environment and on people’s health,” Byles continued. “It’s vital that decisive action is taken now to address all the most polluting vehicles on our roads – not just the ones that are most obvious – and to reduce pollution where it does the most harm.”

“Not only is there recognition about the problem, but huge support for Clean Air Zones as part of the solution,” added Toby Peters, Founder and CEO of Dearman. “We are clearly at a crossroads and people across the country aren’t just calling for a change of direction, but many are now willing to back companies and authorities that demonstrate leadership. This will only continue to gather momentum and hopefully we are on the verge of cleaner air for everyone.”

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