To breathe or not to breathe

To breathe or not to breathe

Claire Walters wants to see 'action, not sensationalism' following headlines about a new study into traffic pollution that makes unfair comparisons between bus and car use.

The Chief Executive of Bus Users has described as ‘unhelpful’ the claim that bus users are exposed to up to eight times more pollution than car users: “The comparison is made between the amount of particulates inhaled by bus passengers with open windows and the amount inhaled by people in cars with the windows shut”.

What the report did show, however, was the apparent injustice between people in diesel cars producing the greatest amount of pollutants while being among the least exposed to its effects. “This study highlights the need to get older diesel engines off the roads and for transport policies that disincentives car use in town and city centres.”

Read the full report on Environment International

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