The deception by VW over vehicle emission testing has brought this matter to a head. However lets be clear about what emissions we are dealing with. It is not carbon dioxide emissions that are causing the pollution but it is the nitrous oxides and particulates emitted by diesel engines that are causing serious health problems in many UK cities.
Mr E King the President of the AA said that drivers were encouraged to go for diesel as there was hysteria over carbon dioxide at the time under the Brown Labour government. that was the big greenie lie propagated by some greenie politicians at Westminster and some of their allies in the print media. The Brown government brought in the scheme to penalise those vehicles that emitted higher carbon dioxide levels. Tax breaks in the form of lower car tax were given to those who bought diesel vehicles. This when all along it was the particulates and nitrous oxides from diesel vehicles that are the causes of air pollution, not carbon dioxide. this was and still is a scare put out by unknowledgable politicians. the greenie politicians were warned at the time that diesel vehicles emit ten times the particulates and twice the nitrous oxides of a petrol vehicle.
Over the last decade the number of diesel vehicles on UK roads has risen from 1.6 million to over 11 million and accounts for a third of all vehicles on UK roads. Frank Kelly the chair of the Department of Health committee on air pollution in GB said the public were still being misled about the benefits of diesel cars with plenty of information abot carbon dioxide emissions(which do not harm the environment) but nothing about the particulates and nitrous oxides pollution coming from diesel vehicles. It is reported that about 18 cities in the UK could be forced to impose higher charges on diesel vehicles. these nitrous pollutants are closely related to asthma and respiratory diseases. By World Health Organisation (WHO) standards 96 percent of UK urban dwellers are exposed to dangerous levels of particulates.The WHO has classed diesel fumes as a cause of cancer.
(report by S Swinford. N Collins and G Lean Daily Telegraph 2 August 2014)
As for Northern Ireland we need the environment minister Mr Durkin MLA to determine how many diesel vehicles there are in Northern Ireland and how he is going to restrict their movement. There has been many premature deaths in the UK as a result of the pollution coming from these disastrous decisions by past govenment ministers. A network of low emission zones is already being set up in cities in GB and diesel vehicles are being lilted in access to these zones. Should politicians be made accountable?