Speed bumps could be removed to tackle pollution

We reported earlier in the month that there are over a thousand nurseries in the UK that are next to roads emitting illegal levels of pollution.

It has since been revealed that the Government will advise councils to remove speed bumps in order to alleviate pollution on troublesome roads.

Due to the fact that cars must slow down and speed up again when encountering bumps, they end up producing double the amount of pollution.

Research from Imperial College London found that 98 per cent more nitrogen dioxide and 64 per cent more carbon dioxide is produced when driving over bumps than a gentler road cushion.

Under the advice of motoring associations, ministers aim to cut pollution by reducing traffic jams by encouraging steady driving speeds.

Other options include better organisation of traffic lights to ensure that drivers are faced with more green lights if they drive within speed limits.

The new proposals, which also comes after the High Court ruled in November that the Government was not doing enough to tackle air pollution, does not include a scrappage scheme for older diesel vehicles.

Whitehall has sad that discussions are still taking place about the possibility of a scrappage scheme for diesel vehicles but these aren’t likely to come to any fruition until the autumn budget.

Speaking just after the judgement, Ms May told parliament that, “Nobody in this House doubts the importance of the issue of air quality. We have taken action, but there is more to do and we will do it.”

A new plan is to be presented to the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) on April 24.

Andy has worked as a freelance journalist for a number of years and has been published in some of the UK’s top newspapers. He is now the editor Commercial Waste Magazine and contributes to a large selection of headlines and blog articles on the site.

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