Government’s Clean Air Strategy outlines plans to tackle tyre and brake emissions

Agencies to research and develop new standards for tyres and brakes to address toxic non-exhaust particulates

Government’s Clean Air Strategy outlines plans to tackle tyre and brake emissions
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Much of the government’s focus has been on the reduction of emissions from vehicle exhausts but the government’s Clean Air Strategy 2019 report claims friction during driving also generates fine particles from brakes, tyres and the road surface.

The report from the Department of Health, Public Health England and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) claims that the proportion of total emissions from non-exhaust sources has increased because of action to reduce emissions from other sources, including vehicle exhaust emission standards.

Responses to the government’s recent call for evidence on tyre and brake wear are currently being analysed and will help shape policies to address the problem.

The Clean Air Strategy 2019 report states: “We will work with international partners to research and develop new standards for tyres and brakes to enable us to address toxic non-exhaust particulate emissions from vehicles which include micro plastics and can pollute air and water.”

“Crucial for reducing air pollution”

Speaking last year, transport minister, Jesse Norman said: “Particulate pollution from exhausts has been reduced substantially in recent years.

“But we must also take action to reduce the very serious pollution caused by the wear of tyres, brakes and roads.

“Tackling this issue is crucial for reducing air pollution.”

Environment minister, Thérèse Coffey said: “While we are all now well aware that fumes from the exhaust pipes on our cars can have a detrimental impact on human health, it is less well known that tiny particles that are released from our brakes and tyres also contribute to air pollution and can harm our precious marine life.”

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    Alan Marklew

    What about the particulate pollution and increased wear caused by the very poor quality repair and upkeep of the highway, when are the ministry for transport going to deal with that problem ? And stop penalising the motorist via his pocket and blaming them and their cars for everything. They already take enough in revenue and the roads are no better! All they seem to want you to do is buy a new car and in 5 years time buy another because that car is not green enough anymore.
    How much co2 does a new car produce to be manufactured and how much to keep an older car on the road for an extra 5 yeas, I think the answer would surprise most ! We have become a throw away society In the name of being green. The truth is its all about money!

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    Nicholas Smith

    I have to agree with Alan (above) that we have become a throw away society, one which has lent itself to increasing pollution. The production of new cars must surely produce more pollution than the repair and maintenance of existing cars, the logic alone for the production of one part cannot be anywhere near as polluting as a full vehicle.

    Also if existing vehicles are so harmful, then why are we not developing a retro fit product to reduce those emissions in the same way we have done for trucks?

    Ultimately the motorist is a cash cow and always will be. I also think there is something in the notion that reduced new vehicle production looks politically bad.

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    George Soe

    When is the government going to stop picking on the motorist.if they want to clean up the air take a long look at air travel. Compared to planes car are a fraction of the problem.

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    Philip Dunmore

    While above points are valid and I agree wholeheartedly, they miss what I hope is the point.
    The market is flooded with poor quality brake friction and tyres that wear quickly. Poorly maintained and poorly designed vehicles also bring about the early demise of many a tyre.
    Unfortunately many motorists and much of the used vehicle supply chain will not maintain vehicles correctly unless forced. The cheap, short term fix is favoured by many. God only knows how a government correct this attitude.

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