When will yellow smog return?

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If you remember two weeks ago, people across the UK with breathing problems, asthma or heart conditions were told to stay indoors. Hundreds and thousands of us.

Why? It was because air pollution was being blown across from Europe, but in addition our air pollution caused by diesel cars, lorries and industry increased the effect.

UK cities are being annually fined for our self harm, which is no ‘accident’ but created by road transport and is killing 500 people (Public Health England 2014) in our communities and families each year in Tyne and Wear, for example, as well as lowering men’s sperm count.

Why are we not more angry at the effect of diesel particulates in our air? And surely it is a basic human right to have clean air to breath?

In Paris, drivers were given free public transport on smog days to stop them driving.

Never mind car parking so many are concerned about, we need to leave cars behind and walk, cycle and use public transport before its too late and end up like many private schools in China, with plastic domes over the schools to protect the children.

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Vicki Gilbert

Chairperson

Tyne and Wear Public 
Transport Users Group