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A vehicle whose engine is clean enough would not have to pay anything. In partnership with Oxfordshire County Council it is also proposing the world's first Zero Emission Zone in the city centre to tackle unsafe levels of air pollution.

The authority knows (through York's Third Air Quality Action Plan) that local bus services make up three per cent of the traffic but cause 27 per cent of the main pollutants in York.

The leaders who will be hosted by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, will meet with Mr Gove, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to call on him to agree to a national clean air plan.

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"Clean Air Day is a chance to find out more about air pollution, share information with friends and colleagues, and help make the air cleaner and healthier for everyone".

There is already evidence of low-quality air increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease, lung cancer, and other cancers, while there are also strong links to pneumonia and other respiratory diseases which account for nearly one in 10 deaths in the under-five age group, making air pollution one of the leading dangers to children's health, especially given indoor air can be three-to-five times more polluted than outside.

In the long term, this means impaired development and health complications like asthma and pneumonia that cost the NHS billions.

The latest research shows that in 2016, 234 deaths in Buckinghamshire were directly attributed to poor air quality.

He said: "Our report called on Government to promote cross-departmental working, force vehicle manufacturers to contribute to a Clean Air Fund, and commit real financial support to local authorities breaching NO2 limits".

"Nationally, we need government to step up and help local authorities across the United Kingdom, through investment in public transport and a national diesel scrappage scheme to effectively tackle this looming health and environmental crisis".

An enhanced Clean Air Fund open to all towns and cities in England funded by UK Government and motor-vehicle manufacturers, sufficient to support the delivery of Clean Air Zones and provide investment for cleaner buses, taxis and walking, cycling and public transport.

Next steps The council will consider responses to this consultation and a further report will be presented to a meeting of the council's Executive later in 2018.

Pictures attached show Micklegate campaigner Rosie Baker with her son Lyle and Green councillor Andy D'Agorne at pollution hotspot Rougier St.


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