Stop and test - city council's vehicle emission plans

PUBLISHED: 15:20 06 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:13 10 June 2010

EXETER City Council has approved plans to reduce high pollution levels which include stopping motorists travelling along Topsham Road for roadside emission tests. As part of the Air Quality Action Plan the council raised the problem of reducing Exeter's c

EXETER City Council has approved plans to reduce high pollution levels which include stopping motorists travelling along Topsham Road for roadside emission tests.As part of the Air Quality Action Plan the council raised the problem of reducing Exeter's carbon dioxide emission in its busy traffic prone roads which include Topsham Road. The report, put forward to the council's executive committee, said it wanted to encourage reduced engine idling in stationary vehicles, lobby government to encourage the development and uptake of cleaner vehicles and increase the park and ride facilities. Councillor Mark Starling, Topsham ward representative, said: "I think if you help the environment it is a good thing - but I think they need to ensure if people are going to be stopped they must do it in a way that people are not being victimised so they can see they are helping contribute to the environment."The plan for 2008-2011 aims to cut the high levels of harmful nitrogen dioxide prominent in the main car routes. The plan is part of the Environment Act requiring all local authorities to carry out periodic reviews of air quality in their area. Robert Norley, head of Environmental Health, said: "The Plan concentrates on initiatives that will help reduce vehicle emissions by discouraging car use, improving traffic flow, improving the use of public transport, and encouraging walking and cycling as an alternative to car journeys. "With regard to Topsham itself, there are no concerns about air quality; it is the Topsham Road corridor within the ring road where traffic builds up and contributes to raised nitrogen dioxide levels."Funding for the schemes would come from the city and county councils, with contributions from developers, public transport operators and the Government. The Executive Committee gave its full support to the plans and are now waiting for the approval from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs before implementing the projects.

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