Sir, The ban on heavily polluting vehicles from Stuttgart and Düsseldorf has direct consequences for our equally polluted urban centres in the UK (“ Blow to car industry as German court gives cities green light to ban diesels”, February 28). The government strategy to combat air pollution relies on local authorities implementing Low Emission Zones in the 16 urban zones where the UK is above the European legal limits. These zones have to discourage the most polluting vehicles by charging them if they enter a pollution hotspot. The ruling in Germany clears the way for daily charges to be set so high they amount to an outright ban on older diesel vehicles.
We all have to accept that the days of diesel vehicles are over. The UK government must create a billion-pound scrappage fund to encourage diesel owners on to public transport and into a new generation of electric vehicles.
Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb
House of Lords, UK
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