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New motoring report highlights motorists’ air pollution worries, say campaigners

21 September 2017

Campaign for Better Transport has responded to the publication today, 21 September, of the new motoring report by the RAC, Report on Motoring 2017.

The report shows that 40 per cent of motorists are concerned with the impact driving has on their local air quality with 92 per cent of motorists citing potholes as being the main complaint when it comes to the condition of our roads.

Bridget Fox, Sustainable Transport Campaigner, Campaign for Better Transport said:

“The report clearly shows that motorists are concerned about the quality of the air we all breathe. The Government’s plan to ban new fossil fuel cars from 2040 is a step in the right direction but is far too long to wait: we need action now. The introduction of charging zones and targetted scrappage schemes could help to get the most polluting vehicles off the road as well as cutting congestion.   

“The report also proves there is still a crisis with the state of our roads, with a huge £12bn backlog of potholes in need of repair. Rather than spending billions on unnecessary new roads the Government needs to take a ‘fix it first’ approach to road spending: improve road surfaces for vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians and invest more in better public transport, walking and cycling routes.”

ENDS

For further information please contact Richard Watkins, Press Officer, at Campaign for Better Transport on 020 7566 6494 / 07984 773468

or richard.watkins@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to editors

  • The RAC’s motoring report can be found here Report on Motoring 2017
  • View Campaign for Better Transport’s Fix it First briefing here
  • Read our blog Air Pollution Matters here
  • Read about Campaign for Better Transport’s road campaigning work here - Evidence shows that new roads create new traffic 
  • Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).