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GOVERNMENT MUST NOT DELAY ACTION ON TRANSPORT SAYS NSCA

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The National Society for Clean Air and Environmental Protection (NSCA) has urged John Prescott not to use the consu...
The National Society for Clean Air and Environmental Protection (NSCA) has urged John Prescott not to use the consultation paper on an integrated transport policy as an excuse for postponing action.

'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.

The NSCA urges the government to set the pace with a number of 'no regrets' policies which already enjoy widespread support, including national traffic reduction targets, radical reform of transport taxation and employment perks, powers for local authorities to develop green commuter plans, encourage better public transport systems and introduce other transport management measures.
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