the Council fleet passes with flying colours...
The tests were carried out earlier this month as part of an ongoing campaign
to raise awareness of air pollution and improve air quality in the borough.
Of these 67 privately owned vehicles, only three failed to meet the emissions
standards. Their owners were advised to have the car serviced, which is
normally sufficient to clear up any problem. All vehicles have exhaust
fumes tested as part of the annual MOT procedure.
The series of tests on vehicles in the council's fleet has revealed that
not a single one failed its engine emission check. In total, the exhaust
fumes of 38 vehicles in the council's fleet were tested,these ranged from
small vans to transits and minibuses.
Poor air quality can have a significant impact upon human health. Air
pollution can trigger increased admissions to hospitals and contribute
to the premature death of those who suffer respiratory illness.
Cabinet member for environment and public services Cllr Kathy Tracey said:
"It is welcome news that so few of the vehicles we tested failed
these checks and I am also obviously very pleased that the council vehicles
met the correct emissions standards.
"Motorists certainly appear to be heeding the message on air pollution
and it seems that many have cleaned up their act and are taking more care
of their cars and getting them serviced properly.
"In addition, the car manufacturing industry must be given some credit
for this because
modern engines are much cleaner and more efficient and the widespread
use of technology like catalytic converters is drastically reducing harmful
"While we cannot afford to take our eye off the ball, the results
of these tests are encouraging."
For further information on pollution, cleaner fuels and vehicle emissions
telephone (020) 8871 8196/7874, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.wandsworth.gov.uk/pollution.
June 21, 2005