The Government has launched a call for evidence on the impact of emissions from brakes, tyres and road wear.
The call for evidence, which was first announced in its Clean Air Strategy
, will look at ways to address the impact tyres and brakes have on air quality and the environment.
Brakes and tyres produce tiny pieces of particulate matter – for example dust and soot – that comes from general wear and tear which can be deposited into sewers and oceans.
The Government suggests that emissions from tyre wear may contribute as much as 5-10% to the total amount of plastic in the oceans.
Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said: “While we are all now well aware that fumes from the exhaust pipes on our cars can have a detrimental impact on human health, it is less well known that tiny particles that are released from our brakes and tyres also contribute to air pollution and can harm our precious marine life.
“This call for evidence will help us to learn more about how these particles are released as well the actions we can take to reduce their impact. I encourage anyone who has evidence or solutions to share to get involved."
Transport Minister Jesse Norman added: “Particulate pollution from exhausts has been reduced substantially in recent years. But we must also take action to reduce the very serious pollution caused by the wear of tyres, brakes and roads.
“Tackling this issue is crucial for reducing air pollution. We would urge anyone who has expertise in this area to get involved and share their evidence and views.”
Posted on: July 31st 2018