THE Construction Equipment Association has called on contractors to fight a campaign to limit engine emissions on construction sites.
The CEA believes the proposals, from a group called Partnership in Reducing Emissions from Construction Industry Sites, will require the industry to retro-fit costly cleanup devices to plant and trucks.
The Precis campaign, comprising members from local authorities and the National Clean Air Society, currently focuses on London boroughs but, according to CEA technical spokesman Tim Faithfull, the campaign will inevitably expand nationwide.
He said: 'We believe it is inevitable that this will spread to the rest of the country.
But what they are currently asking for in terms of reducing the level of engine emissions is simply not possible.
'Even if retro-fitting devices is feasible, it will be both expensive and inconvenient and the costs will have to be passed on.'
The CEA is calling for the support of the industry in campaigning for a softening of the emissions targets when it meets Precis next month.
Mr Faithfull said: 'We are all in favour of cleaner air, but they need to set realistic targets.'