Aussies can help us to cut down on air pol­lu­tion

South Wales Evening Post - - LETTERS - AN­DREW MCGHIE via email

I RE­FER to your ar­ti­cle by Richard Youle, headed “Call to par­ents in drive to cut air pol­lu­tion” (Post, Wed­nes­day), and to the points men­tioned in it.

I agree with what is be­ing stated re­gard­ing the dan­gers of air pol­lu­tion, and that we all have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to re­duce air pol­lu­tion (this is not the only news­pa­per ar­ti­cle I’ve read on this sub­ject).

I lived and worked in Perth in Aus­tralia for eight years and never owned a car be­cause they have a free tran­sit zone (FTZ) in the city, and all the buses and trains are free to use.

The bus en­gines use LNG as a fuel, and they also have Cat buses (Cen­tral Area Trans­port), again all free to use, and for all day, with some ser­vices run dur­ing the night. It is very pop­u­lar. I would en­cour­age Swansea Coun­cil’s scru­tiny group to go on to the Transperth web­site and check out all the de­tails, and con­sider email­ing them to ask if they are pre­pared to share their model for op­er­at­ing the free trans­port, and their cost­ing model.

Con­tact­ing Perth City Coun­cil might be use­ful as well.

The only trans­port you have to pay for in Perth city is the fer­ries that cross the Swan River. So there is a so­lu­tion to traf­fic pol­lu­tion which is work­ing else­where in the world.

It may be worth con­sid­er­ing and in­ves­ti­gat­ing what hap­pens in other places in Aus­tralia as well, such as of­fice pool cars which only run on LPG.

And all those mea­sures were in place be­fore I ar­rived there in 2007.

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