Emission Information

The Hazards of Vehicle Emissions

The damage done by vehicle emissions is very real. Some statistics highlight the impact on people’s lives*:

  • The World Health Organisation estimates that 7 million people died worldwide due to exposure to air pollution during 2012. [1]
  •  In Scotland, 368,000 people (1 in 14) are currently receiving treatment for asthma. This includes 72,000 children and 296,000 adults. [2]
  • 62% of asthma sufferers tell us that traffic fumes aggravate their asthma.
  • Both Petrol and Diesel emissions contain chemicals which are known to cause Cancer and other serious illnesses. [3]

Air Quality in Scotland.

The Scottish Government, provides a network of air monitoring stations around the country with nearly realtime information on the air around us. To see how the air you breathe changes minute by minute please visit them by clicking HERE.

Idling – What’s the harm?

The practice of vehicle idling, results in high running costs and air pollution levels for drivers.
If each one of the estimated 80,000 cars on the road in Central Scotland idled for just 10
minutes a week, a staggering 416,000 litres of petrol could be wasted each year!
Did you know?
1. 10 seconds of engine idling uses more fuel than restarting (California Energy
2. 62% of people with asthma say that traffic fumes stop them in their tracks (Asthma UK).
3. Vehicle Idling wastes money
4. In 2005 air pollution contributed to 650 deaths per million people in the UK (3000 in
London alone) (European Environment Agency).
5. In UK, air pollution is responsible for a loss of approximately six months of life
expectancy (Health Protection Scotland).
6. Air pollution is responsible for 1 in 8 global deaths (World Health Organisation).

*Some of there statistics are disputed, what cant be disputed is the fact that the emissions from and inside vehicles damages our health, please help with the actions taken to improve your air quality!