|London, 22 April 1999.
For immediate release.
Together with the Government's own monitoring figures, which show that levels of all the main pollutants from cars are well within safe limits specified by the World Health Organisation (See Ceefax pp412-417), this shows that there is no excuse for air quality to be cited as a justification for restricting car use.
"Environmentalists - and even some less responsible government sources - have in recent years made alarmist allegations that air pollution in our major towns and cities has reached lung-choking levels and is set to continue rising (e.g. "Don't Choke Britain" campaign)," says ABD Chairman Brian Gregory. "The truth is very different, as the IEA has shown. The ABD has been pointing this out for years, but nobody has been listening."
The environmentalists, in the shape of Jonathan Porritt on the Today Programme this morning, claim they welcome these improvements and try to take the credit for them.
FUNNY HOW THEY ARE SO RETICENT IN CLAIMING THIS CREDIT UNTIL SOMEONE ELSE POINTS OUT WHAT IS GOING ON!
COULD IT BE THEY HAVE A VESTED INTEREST IN PERPETUATING THE ILLUSION OF AIR QUALITY PROBLEMS?
Air Quality Improvement Highlights:
An unfortunate consequence of the substantial NOx emission reductions (achieved through improvements in automotive engine and fuel technology), has been a deceleration in the decline of ground level ozone concentrations, for the following reasons:
a. The lack of significant decline in VOC emissions in the UK.
This is partly a consequence of the regulatory restrictions on the use of lead in fuel. All new cars in Europe must be fitted with catalytic converters which are poisoned by lead. All new cars must consequently run on unleaded petrol, containing alternative "octane boosting" chemicals high in VOC's.
b. The largest single source of vehicle-related VOC emissions arises from fuel vapours released during refuelling operations.
The UK government has steadfastly declined to legislate to compel petrol retailers to instal fuel vapour recovery equipment to eliminate this totally unnecessary emission source.
c. In Summer, VOC's emanating from vegetation, tree saps, leaf fluids etc.. represent the largest single urban (& rural) VOC source.
With city- and country dwellers demanding ever more 'environmentally harmonious' surroundings, VOC emissions from this source are only likely to increase.
Next time a politician or environmentalist tells you that Draconian restrictions on car use and swingeing road user taxation increases are needed, to protect people's health, expose their lies.
Motorists are being ripped off. Join the Association of British Drivers' fight for fair treatment of road users:
DON'T LET THEM TAX YOU OUT OF YOUR CAR!