Green MEP, Keith Taylor, a member of the European Parliament's Transport and Public Health Committees, has submitted a response to the government's 'call for evidence' on the air pollution issues related to road transport 'brakes, tyres, and road surface wear'.
In a statement submitted to the to the consultation which closes on Friday [28 September], the senior Green politician said:
"Collectively brake, tyre and road wear along with road dust resuspension have been recognized as the most important non-exhaust traffic-related sources of air pollutants. They are responsible for about a half of all air pollutants associated with road transport."
"The level of emissions coming from these sources has not fallen over the last two decades and is even expected to rise, regardless of the type of fuels powering road vehicles."
"I welcome this call for evidence. But, with the government's consistent apathy in the face of a toxic air crisis, it remains to be seen whether the evidence proffered will actually be used urgently tackle the public health crisis. Clean air is a human right."