Car ban not enough to clean up pol­luted streets

Greens want more

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

The South La­nark­shire branch of the Scot­tish Green Party has wel­comed a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2040 – but in­sist that the plan does not go far enough.

And the group has called on the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment to in­tro­duce other mea­sures to help de­crease air pol­lu­tion in ur­ban ar­eas.

The UK Gov­ern­ment an­nounced the ban on such ve­hi­cles last month in an ef­fort to cut pol­lu­tion.

Ruther­glen Main Street is con­sis­tently listed as one of the most pol­luted streets in Scot­land.

In 2016, the street recorded 41.1 mi­cro­grammes per cu­bic me­tre of ni­tro­gen diox­ide in 2016, above the Euro­pean Am­bi­ent Air Qual­ity Di­rec­tive of 40.

The town was made an air qual­ity man­age­ment area in 2015. Cambuslang Main Street only nar­rowly made the target last year, with 39.3 mi­cro­grammes.

Lo­cal co-or­di­na­tor for the Scot­tish Greens, Brian Fin­lay, said: “It is un­for­tu­nate the UK Gov­ern­ment has de­cided to go at the same pace as France and oth­ers rather than tak­ing a lead.

“Nev­er­the­less, fumes from cars and lor­ries are ending thou­sands of lives pre­ma­turely each year, and it’s there­fore en­cour­ag­ing that the UK Gov­ern­ment is fi­nally mov­ing to pro­tect peo­ple’s health and boost a key green in­dus­try.

“It’s not enough to say they’ll take care of pol­lu­tion and peo­ple’s health in 23 years’ time, we need min­is­ters and coun­cils to put plans in place now to tackle en­gine idling and im­prove car shar­ing.

“In­tro­duc­ing a 20 mph de­fault speed limit in ur­ban ar­eas is one way the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment can prove its will­ing­ness to act.”

Fumes end thou­sands of lives

Air we breathe The Greens say the pro­posal does not go far enough to com­bat pol­lu­tion on streets like Ruther­glen Main Street

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