Air pollution causes 29,000 early deaths a year according to Public Health England, yet the Government has admitted that European safety limits on exposure will not be met in many UK cities until the late 2020s.
The cross-party Environmental Audit Committee is currently investigating the problem and asking whether the Government and Local Authorities are doing enough to get the dirtiest vehicles off the road and promote cleaner forms of transport. This short video examines the problem and looks at what is being done in London to tackle it.
The Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, Joan Walley MP commented:
“There is mounting evidence that air pollution can damage the development of children as well as shortening the life of those with underlying health conditions. Our inquiry has raised questions about whether Government and Local Authorities are doing enough to get the most polluting vehicles off the road and encourage pollution-free forms of inner-city transport such as cycling.”
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