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Leeds buses will be fitted with technology to cut emissions
Leeds buses will be fitted with technology to cut emissions
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TECHNOLOGY designed to cut harmful emissions from buses will be fitted to 32 vehicles in Leeds.

The city has secured almost £500,000 from a Government fund to fit the emissions-cutting technology to 32 buses in the city.

The alterations will reduce the emissions of nitrogen oxide which can contribute to pollution which causes breathing difficulties.

Leeds was recently named by the Government as a city that will have to impose charges on the most polluting vehicles as part of efforts to improve air quality.

Transport Minister Andrew Jones said: “Greener buses mean cleaner town and city centres and a healthier environment for everyone.

“The upgraded buses that will soon hit the roads in England continue our commitment to better air quality by investing in greener transport.

“By targeting pollution hotspots and backing the low-emission technology of the future, we are making the right long-term decisions to improve people’s lives.”

Leeds was successful in its bid for a share of the Government cash because it showed the technology would cut the harmful emissions by at least half.

The council will have to monitor the buses fitted with the “selective catalytic reduction” technology and show its effectiveness.

Along with Birmingham, Nottingham, Derby and Southamption, Leeds was recently identified by the Government as a city that will need to create a “clear air zone” to improve air quality levels.

It is expected older buses, taxis, lorries and coaches will have to pay around £12.50 at time to enter the zone which is expected to come into force in 2020.

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