New research finds drivers are not safe from traffic pollutants

Publication Date: 26th August 2016

Subject: Environmental protection

Following the publication of research that found being stuck at a red light exposes motorists to deadly pollutants, Howard Price, Principal Policy Officer for CIEH, said:  

“Recently published research from Surrey University confirms what we already suspected that drivers are not safe from traffic pollutants which can accumulate within vehicles at levels several times those experienced by pedestrians. The problem is exacerbated when drivers are in slow-moving queues and when they are stopped at traffic lights.

“Breathing in exhaust fumes carries proven health risks and drivers would do themselves a favour, as well as everyone else, if they stopped their engines when queuing. Local Authorities already have powers to fine motorists who don’t turn off in queues and more of them are starting to use them, which ultimately will help protect our health and wellbeing.”


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