Diesel cars should be phased out to stop pollution deaths, says Chief Medical Officer

Diesel cars should be phased out to stop pollution deaths, says Chief Medical Officer

Diesel cars should be phased out to cut the tens of thousands of deaths caused each year from air pollution, the government’s chief medical officer has said.

Dame Sally Davies, said that she drove a car with a petrol engine because of the polluting effects of diesel.

Dame Sally, who was guest editing Radio 4's Today programme, was asked by BBC presenter Mishal Husain if diesels should be banned to save lives.

 

“I think we do need to phase them out steadily, there is good evidence of that pollution,” said Dame Sally.

“But you can’t do things overnight. I am pleased to say when we replaced our car a few years ago we did buy petrol.

“But all of these things are open to both regulation and individual behaviour. The big issue for us is how do we change behaviours, not just the public’s but our own.”

Air pollution plays a contributing factor in at least 25,000 deaths in England each year,  triggering heart attacks and exacerbating respiratory conditions.
Air pollution plays a contributing factor in at least 25,000 deaths in England each year,  triggering heart attacks and exacerbating respiratory conditions.

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