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Driver training needed to reduce pollution, says healthcare body

Date: 02 December 2016   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

Healthcare advisory body the National Institute of Heath and Care Excellence has called on fleets to educate their employees on how to drive more smoothly in order to reduce pollution levels.

NICE said businesses should teach their drivers to avoid harsh accelerations or decelerations.

According to NICE, the environmental risks associated with traffic pollution is linked to 25,000 deaths a year in England and costs the UK up to £18.6bn a year.

The health body's guidance document, which is under consultation until 25 January, also backs clean-air zones with congestion charging areas to help reduce harmful pollution levels.

Following the consultation, the organisation will be publish its suggestions on how to improve air quality.

Other suggestions mooted includes councils placing buildings away from busy roads when planning future town or city layouts, while it said cyclists should be 'screened' from traffic by plants in order to reduce air pollution levels.

"The battle against air pollution has to be one we are all fully committed to," said Mark Baker, director of the centre for guidelines at NICE. "When finalised, the recommendations will ensure that everyone who has the power to make the changes required can be confident in the action they are taking."



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