Electric cars set to get road priority in clean air zones

In the UK, electric cars could be given priority at traffic lights and exempted from one-way systems, under new proposals.The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has told Birmingham, Leeds, Nottingham, Derby and Southampton to introduce clean air zones within four years to reduce pollutants, which are linked to the deaths of40,000 people a year in the UK.  The clean air zones are the government’s response to a UK Supreme Court ruling, which ordered it to take action to meet European limits on air pollution.