Friends Of The Earth Respond To New NICE Air Pollution Guidance

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Friends of the Earth air pollution campaigner, Jenny Bates, has responded to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) new draft air pollution guidance:

“While NICE is rightly saying schools and nurseries must be built away from busy roads, we must deal with the real crux of the issue and reduce air pollution levels, not just learn to avoid the worst of it.

“Action is needed both to ensure vehicles on the road are clean and that there are fewer of them – diesel vehicles, which are the most polluting, must be phased out and our transport and planning policy needs a radical overhaul.

“This is no time for tinkering around the edges – to deal with this public health crisis we must plan our towns and cities in ways which actually reduces traffic and gives people real alternatives to driving.”