I have been writing about the lethal impacts of poor air quality for a decade, so I am not going to mince my words.

I did a little dance when chancellor Phillip Hammond said that £400 million would be invested in electric vehicle infrastructure, alongside an extra £100m for the plug-in car grant and £40m for research into charging.

Charging a vehicle at work will also not be considered as a benefit-in-kind.

Autumn budget: diesel tax hike confirmed 

I was even more pleased to see that the Government is reversing its longstanding support for diesel cars and vans. The first year’s excise duty will go up by one band and company car tax will increase by 1% for diesels, except for those which meet the most modern emission standard.

The cash will go towards a £220m fund for implementing much-needed local air quality measures.

But my hope that tax would be going up on diesel – as had been rumoured – were dashed.

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