The Lib Dem MP for Carshalton & Wallington, Tom Brake, has tabled an Early Day Motion calling upon the government to acknowledge the â€˜significantâ€™ health impact of emissions from diesel vehicles in the UK.
Mr Brakeâ€™s motion â€“ which could be debated in Parliament â€“ also calls for government to put forward legislation â€œto protect peopleâ€™s health and help promote the uptake of clean alternativesâ€.
The motion, titled â€˜Clean Air Zones and Emissionsâ€™ has so far been supported by six MPs from across the political spectrum, but Early Day Motions are only typically debated if they have a high number of signatories in support.
Mr Brake has also called for the government to extend measures put forward in December to â€˜look at all sources of diesel emissionsâ€™ including auxiliary engines such as transport refrigeration units.
The motion states: â€œThat this House believes that air pollution from burning diesel has a significant impact on health in the UK, causing thousands of premature deaths and reducing quality of life for many people; acknowledges that forthcoming legislation to tackle emissions, such as Clean Air Zones proposed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, needs to look at all sources of diesel emissions; notes that auxiliary engines, such as transport refrigeration units, can emit many times more nitrogen oxides and particulate matter than a vehicle’s primary engine; and calls for legislation to reflect this in order to protect people’s health and help promote the uptake of clean alternatives.â€