A leading road safety charity has welcomed recommendations that will reduce air pollution and increase safety.
Brake, a road safety charity that works with communities and organisations throughout the UK to make roads, streets and communities safer for all, believe pollution and collisions are “nationwide epidemics” that must be urgently tackled.
It comes in response to Public Health England (PHE) publishing recommendations that will, amongst other things, tackle the issue of pollution that vehicles cause.
Recommendations include the uptake of low emission vehicles which will be accelerated by setting ambitious targets for installing electric car charging points.
High-polluting vehicles should be discouraged from entering populated areas through the introduction of low emission or clean air zones. This is something that is happening throughout Britain’s main cities, which not only will ensure fleets are greener and cleaner, but will also reduce pollution – a major health and safety issue.
The proposals, according to the road safety charity, Brake, will greatly help with the creation of safe and healthy streets.
Joshua Harris is the director of campaigns for Brake. He said: “Road crashes and air pollution are both nationwide epidemics which need tackling as a matter of priority, and we welcome Public Health England’s recommendations.
“People should be free to move in a safe and healthy way every day and on every journey and this includes ensuring the air they breathe isn’t polluted.
“Encouraging people to leave their cars at home and walk, cycle or use other means of active travel can have hugely positive health benefits as well as reducing emissions.
“Yet people are often deterred from walking or cycling by the danger on our roads and the risk of exposure to excessive pollution.
“Redesigning our cities is vital to ensure that people can live and travel in a safe and healthy environment, free from harm from traffic and pollution.”