Interested in this kind of news? Receive them directly in your inbox. Delivered once a week. Sign Up The UK’s highest court has already ruled that that air quality improvement plans put in place by the government would reach EU standards only by 2020 in most affected areas or in 2025 in London, 15 years after the original deadline. Britain faces fines of up to £300 million (€365 million) a year if the European Court of Justice finds it is in breach of its obligations under the Air Quality Directive.