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COMMENT: Pollution Levels in Brixton Hit Annual Maximum in 120 Hours

January 12, 2017 4:28 PM

Labour Lambeth may be slow at most things but notching-up a yearly limit for pollution levels in Brixton by 6th January 2017 must count as something of a record.

According to the Evening Standard, the Brixton Road air quality monitor has apparently already exceeded more than 20 hourly readings showing higher than 200 micrograms of nitrogen dioxide per cubic metre since the comrades sang Auld Lang Syne.

European environment laws prohibit residents, cyclists and pedestrians from being exposed to the toxic gas and pollutants emitted by diesel engines more than 18 times in a whole year.

This is serious. These filthy diesel fumes are known killers that can aggravate existing respiratory conditions and cause children to develop asthma. A recent study also suggests that people living near main roads are more likely to develop alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia.

Many City Mayors across Europe are already banning diesel vehicles and have set legislation in place to clear up the air we breathe. But not here.

Labour Lambeth should not sit idly by while idling buses, lorries and cars churn out toxic emissions harmful to human health. They should lobby the Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan to copy his counterparts in Paris by banning diesel-powered vehicles outright and as soon as possible.

In the meantime more low-emission buses must be introduced urgently to the worst polluted areas of London, including Brixton.

Otherwise this silent killer will continue to contribute to thousands of premature deaths each year.