'There is a need for fundamental review, but there is also widespread consensus on a range of measures which could be implemented immediately' said NSCA secretary General Richard Mills. 'If our national air quality objectives are to be achieved by 2005, action is needed now'
NSCA believes the paper fails to address the issue with the urgency it deserves. The government admits that forecast growth in road traffic is 'clearly unacceptable' but fails to say that existing levels are unacceptable in many places. It fails to acknowledge that our current transport system is unsustainable, and that the costs of transport do not reflect their social and environmental impact. It does admit that there are hard choices ahead, but fails to set these out in detail. It fails to say that environmental considerations will be at the heart of any new policies.