On April 29th, Brake, the road safety charity, welcomed a ruling by the Supreme Court which ordered the government to introduce new plans to reduce nitrogen dioxide levels. NO2 is produced mainly by emissions from diesel vehicles and is linked to a range of respiratory illnesses. The UK has been breaching legal limits for nitrogen dioxide since 2010 in 16 different cities and regions. The judgment forces the next government to draw up new air quality plans - for submission to the EU - by the end of the year.
In other news, a new regulation connected to the computerisation of British driving licences means that motorists going abroad after 8 June will need to take a special code with them if they want to hire a car. The DVLA is recommending that drivers destroy the paper counterparts of their licence after 8 June, but the AA is advising people to hang on to them, as some rental companies might not be aware of the new regulation.
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