Drive to cut pollution

Sunday Times, 14 February 2016:

It is all very well for cameras to photograph polluting vehicles, but what we need is intervention, not observation (“Pollution cameras to snap toxic cars”, News, last week). I am perplexed by why we tolerate a situation wherein 1,000 people die every week in the UK from air pollution, largely as a result of diesel emissions. Breathing air that does not poison our children is surely a basic right that the government seems determined to ignore.

The situation demands an urgent programme of reform, in which diesel vehicles are heavily taxed and banned from city centres. I have no doubt that this will induce the customary howls of rage from car manufacturers, but they have exhausted their credibility by rigging emissions tests and — in Volkswagen’s case — installing technology designed to hide their culpability.

Dr Robin Russell-Jones
Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire