MPs call on motor industry to tackle pollutants from vehicles

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Each time a car is driven, tiny pieces of particulate matter such as dust are released into the air

MPs are calling for urgent action to look at the impact of microplastics and emissions released from tyres, brakes and road wear.

A new report published by Defra committee Air Quality Expert Group (AQEG) is calling for industry to support standardised methods for measuring emissions from these sources.

Each time a car is driven, tiny pieces of particulate matter such as dust are released into the air from the brake wear, tyre wear and road surface wear.

These particles have health impacts for drivers, passengers and bystanders.

By 2030, tyres and brakes are predicted to account for 10% of national emissions.

Plastic particles from tyres are also deposited into sewers which go on to pollute rivers and seas.

Environment minister Thérèse Coffey said: “ The documents published today make clear that it is not just fumes from car exhaust pipes that have a detrimental impact on human health but also the tiny particles that are released from their brakes and tyres.

“Emissions from car exhausts have been decreasing through development of cleaner technologies and there is now a need for the car industry to find innovative ways to address the challenges of air pollution from other sources.”

Government is due to shortly publish the results of a new £200,000 research project with the University of Plymouth, assessing the impact of microplastics from tyres and clothing on the marine environment.


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