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New NICE guidance on air pollution – “tinkering” not enough to deal with crisis says Friends of the Earth

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Responding to new draft guidance on air pollution from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), Jenny Bates, Friends of the Earth air pollution campaigner said:

“While NICE is rightly saying schools and nurseries must be built away from busy roads, we must deal with the real crux of the issue and reduce air pollution levels, not just learn to avoid the worst of it.

“Action is needed both to ensure vehicles on the road are clean and that there are fewer of them – diesel vehicles, which are the most polluting, must be phased out and our transport and planning policy needs a radical overhaul.

“This is no time for tinkering around the edges – to deal with this public health crisis we must plan our towns and cities in ways which actually reduces traffic and gives people real alternatives to driving.”

For press information please contact the Friends of the Earth media team on 020 7566 1649.

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