Improving air quality: national plan for tackling nitrogen dioxide in our towns and cities

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Closes 15 Jun 2017


1. What is your name?

2. What is your email address?

If you enter your email address then you will automatically receive an acknowledgement email when you submit your response.

3. Are you responding as an individual or an organisation?


4. If you are responding as an organisation please provide the name and nature of your organisation.


5. Which region are you based in?

6. Would you like your response to be confidential?


Confidentiality and data protection information

1.1. A summary of responses to this consultation will be published on the Government website at: The summary will include a list of organisations that responded but not personal names, addresses or other contact details.

1.2. Information provided in response to this consultation, including personal information, may be made available to the public on request, in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIRs). Defra may also publish the responses to the FOIA/EIR requests at:

1.3. If you want your response, including personal information such as your name, that you provide to be treated as confidential, please explain clearly in writing when you provide your response to the consultation why you need to keep these details confidential. If we receive a request for the information under the FOIA or the EIRs we will take full account of your explanation, but we cannot guarantee that confidentiality can be maintained in all circumstances. However, Defra will not permit any unwarranted breach of confidentiality nor will we act in contravention of our obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA).  An automatic confidentiality disclaimer generated by your IT system will not, of itself, be regarded as a confidentiality request.

1.4. Defra will share information provided in response to the consultation, including personal data, with the devolved administrations for the purposes of response analyses and provision of reports. Defra may share information provided in response to the consultation, including personal data, with a third party of contracted external analysts for the purposes of response analysis and provision of a report.

1.5. Defra is the data controller in respect of any personal data that you provide, and Defra’s Personal Information Charter, which gives details of your rights in respect of the handling of your personal data, can be found at:

1.6. This consultation is being conducted in line with the “Consultation Principles” as set out in the Better Regulation Executive guidance which can be found at:

1.7. If you have any comments or complaints about the consultation process, please address them to: Defra Consultation Coordinator, Area 8A, Nobel House 17 Smith Square, London, SW1P 3JR; or email:

7. How satisfied are you that the proposed measures set out in this consultation will address the problem of nitrogen dioxide as quickly as possible?

8. What do you consider to be the most appropriate way for local authorities in England to determine the arrangements for a Clean Air Zone, and the measures that should apply within it? What factors should local authorities consider when assessing impacts on businesses?

9. How can government best target any funding to support local communities to cut air pollution? What options should the Government consider further, and what criteria should it use to assess them? Are there other measures which could be implemented at a local level, represent value for money, and that could have a direct and rapid impact on air quality? Examples could include targeted investment in local infrastructure projects. How can government best target any funding to mitigate the impact of certain measures to improve air quality, on local businesses, residents and those travelling into towns and cities to work? Examples could include targeted scrappage schemes, for both cars and vans, as well as support for retrofitting initiatives. How could mitigation schemes be designed in order to maximise value for money, target support where it is most needed, reduce complexity and minimise scope for fraud?

10. How best can governments work with local communities to monitor local interventions and evaluate their impact?

The Government and the devolved administrations are committed to an evidence-based approach to policy delivery and will closely monitor the implementation of the plan and evaluate the progress on delivering its objective

11. Which vehicles should be prioritised for government-funded retrofit schemes?

We welcome views from stakeholders as to how a future scheme could support new technologies and innovative solutions for other vehicle types, and would welcome evidence from stakeholders on emerging technologies. We currently anticipate that this funding could support modifications to buses, coaches, HGVs, vans and black cabs

12. What type of environmental and other information should be made available to help consumers choose which cars to buy?

13. How could the Government further support innovative technological solutions and localised measures to improve air quality?

14. Do you have any other comments on the draft UK Air Quality Plan for tackling nitrogen dioxide?