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UK DRIVE ON GREENER VEHICLES

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The message that the vehicle of tomorrow must be more environmentally friendly is getting across, transport minist...
The message that the vehicle of tomorrow must be more environmentally friendly is getting across, transport minister Gavin Strang has said.

Dr Strang was on a visit to Johnson Matthey plc in advance of the first meeting of the Cleaner Vehicles Task Force this Thursday. The group - co-chaired by Dr Strang and Ian McAllister of the SMMT - aims to get motorists to put environmental factors at the top of the checklist when shopping around for new vehicles.

During the visit Dr Strang saw at first hand development and technology which will have a real impact on reducing the environmental impact of transport now and in the future. He visited the vehicle laboratory where a rolling road analyses car emissions and new generation vehicles are checked for proposed future stricter emission standards.

Dr Strang said:

'The visit to Johnson Matthey has greatly encouraged me. The Cleaner Vehicles Task Force will be looking at ways to encourage motorists to consider the green qualities of any vehicle they choose.

'Britain is at the cutting edge of greener vehicle technology. The government is also committed to research and development to make the

car of the future less environmentally damaging.

'We are also keen to see action cutting pollution from existing vehicles. There is scope for retro-fitting older vehicles with catalytic converters and traps. In new vehicles, fuel cell technology now offers the real prospect of zero emissions of carbon dioxide and other pollutants.'

'The Cleaner Vehicles Task Force shall be addressing these and other issues at its first meeting on the 22nd January.'

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