Free vehicle emissions checks in Sydenham, March 29th-30th

Air pollution in London is responsible for 4,000 premature deaths a year - the capital has the worst air quality in the UK and among the worst in Europe. Having failed to tackle the problem adequately, the Mayor of London has been given a three-month extension to introduce short-term measures to reduce pollution to avoid a fine of up to £300m from the EU (those meddling Eurocrats with their straight cucumbers and their clean air).

So this is a welcome and important initiative from Lewisham Council:

Lewisham Council is encouraging residents with vehicles to have their exhaust emissions checked in order to help the Council control the air quality of the borough.

The Council is trialling an emissions test event next week. It's taking place in the Council car park in Girton Road, Sydenham SE26 on 29 and 30 March between 10am-4pm. Residents can turn up at any point during the day and have their vehicle emissions tested.

Each test is free and will last approximately 10 minutes. Drivers will have the opportunity to talk to those staff present about their results. There will also be free leaflets available containing eco driving tips and information on air pollution.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

I would have thought if you have an MOT you dont need to have it checked.

Anonymous said...

Exactly, you get one as part of the MOT. Which hand-wringer thought this one up?

Lou Baker said...

Lousy idea - and a waste of money.

It's a requirement to have an emissions test as part of an MOT. And if a vehicle is seen spewing filth between MOTs the police should stop it and arrest the driver.

But instead of clamping down on society's scum the police tend to hang around in large groups wearing high visibility jackets doing nothing very constructive at all.

Turn your frown upside down said...

I wish someone would check your omissions. You produce more noxious emissions than a small fission reactor.

Doh! said...

Omissions, emissions.... That's ruined my rapier like retort.

Still an old gasbag though.

Brockley Nick said...

@Lou and the anons - By the same logic, gun amnesties are a bad idea, but there is a serious problem and this is an effort to do something about it.

Anonymous said...

Its still a waste of money that could be put to good use elsewhere.

Brockley Nick said...

Where does the funding come and what is the cost benefit analysis that's been applied?

Brockley Nick said...

For example, if spending £100,000 on free emissions checks across London helps London avoid a £300m fine (not to mention some more deaths) - then that would be an immediate return on investment of 3,000 to 1. Not to mention the human cost and the cost of treating respiratory conditions in London hospitals.

Headhunter said...

The more focus there is on vehicle emmissions and the more socially unacceptable it is made to drive/crawl in traffic at 10mph average speed for a matter of a couple of miles, polluting our air and, as Nick points out, costing taxpayers millions in EU fines when London air quality fails EU safe levels for certain pollutants, the better.

Brockley Nick said...

Of course, not scrapping the Western Congestion Charge zone, messing about with the implementation of the Low Emissions Zone and going soft on taxis would have helped matters too.

Anonymous said...

But the emissions tests have already happened!

I realise not many of you believe in cars and instead roam brockley in travelling yurts knitted from your own pubes, but I'll try to explain:

Once a year almost all cars ('cept the very new ones) undergo an MOT test that includes an emissions test.

Therefore the data about individual cars' emissions, tied to their addresses, already exists. It should be possible to use this data to ascertain where London's emissions levels lie.

What is an additional, voluntary, test going to achieve on top of complete data that is at most 12 months old for some cars and a great deal newer for others? What extra information is there to be gleaned?

Brockley Nick said...

Well if no-one does it, it won't cost anything then, will it.

I know how MOTs work and I credit the people who thought this scheme up with the same basic knowledge.

There is the moral objection (if people are driving around in stinky, illegal cars, they should be done, not subsidised) which I sympathise with, but we are now in a race against time to avoid a massive fine thanks to inaction on this issue over the last few years...

Anonymous said...

I still don't understand how this would affect London vehicles' emissions status... the data is already known. It's as if there's an elephant in the room of the scheme that someone didn't address early enough on, and now the scheme has been put in place and presumably people employed and services engaged to make this happen.

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