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tests on emission standards to commence this month
checks on vehicle exhausts will start in Wandsworth on July
21 as part of a new assault on air pollution in the capital.
whose vehicles fail to meet the required standard will be
handed a £60 fine - reduced to £30 if paid within
emissions tests will be carried out by an approved contractor
working for 28 of London's 33 boroughs. Suspect vehicles will
be flagged down by a uniformed police officer. The
checks will take just two minutes and measure carbon monoxide,
carbon dioxide and hydrocarbons.
which have recently passed an MOT or are regularly and professionally
serviced should meet the emissions test. Steps
which can be taken to reduce pollution include driving within
speed limit, avoiding rapid acceleration and sharp braking
and not keeping the engine running when stationary.
member for regeneration and transport Kathy Tracey said:
vast majority of London's boroughs have signed up to this
new initiative. We are aiming to make a real improvement in
air quality by encouraging all motorists to ensure their vehicle
meets the legal standards.
of the worst offenders are likely to be older vehicles. The
message to all drivers must be get your vehicle in shape now
before you get pulled in for a spot check."
vehicles contribute over 60 per cent of the two important
pollutants known to affect ill health - fine particles (PM10)
and nitrogen dioxide (NO2). Poor
air quality damages health and quality of life, particularly
affecting the most vulnerable in society - the very young
and older people.
issues associated with air pollution include respiratory diseases,
heart problems, bronchitis and asthma.
from fixed penalty notices will be go to the Department for
Transport. Most is likely to be used to fund the testing programme.
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