Geraint Davies Labour MP for Swansea West has been test driving a taxi in Swansea powered by Liquid Petroleum Gas and says if Hackney cabs converted to LPG they would be cheaper to run and better for public health.Said Geraint Davies MP“Every year 40,000 people across Britain die prematurely due to diesel fumes. Particulates and Nitrogen Oxides cause heart attacks, lung cancer and strokes and cost the country £20 billion a year. Locally in Swansea diesel emissions put our children at particular risk as they breath nearer to the ground. Even unborn foetuses suffer from poisonous fumes inhaled by pregnant mum’s. It’s a national disgrace and it’s why I have put forward my Air Quality Bill to promote more sustainable transport systems powered by electric.“In the meantime LPG can provide a short term fix to massively reduce diesel from local Hackney Cabs. LPG brings a 99 per cent reduction in particulates and an 80 per cent reduction in nitrogen oxides which is a huge improvement for public health. The cost of conversion from diesel to LPG is £8000 but the money is recovered in just two years due to lower fuel costs. There is a case for the Government to provide interest free loans to encourage conversion as many drivers don’t have the cash.“Also some council’s have switched their vehicle fleets to LPG to save money and to improve air quality.“ I’m pressing the Government to help drivers to switch to electric cars by providing a national infrastructure for recharging. Meanwhile, LPG represents a step in the right direction to help improve public health.“My Bill also would allow Council’s to impose access restrictions on older, more polluting diesel vehicles from entering highly polluted urban centres.“In the meantime, we can all play our part. In particular, its important we all remember not to hover and to switch off engines outside local schools to avoid unnecessary health risks to local children in particular those with asthma."
Geraint Davies Labour MP for Swansea West has been out and about getting his last minute Christmas shopping from Swansea Market
"Swansea market gives the best quality at low prices for fresh fruit and vegetables and meats and fish. We have the best market in Wales that us also a treasure trove for Christmas gifts for all the family.
"It's always fun to get round the market for a friendly chat and find gifts for the family. I enjoy a portion of cockles to keep up my strength for shopping from my Carol Watts at Swansea Market - cockles for my muscles at Christmas!"
"All the Swansea stall-holders deserve a well-earned rest and time of merriment this Christmas one and all."
"It was great fun having a visit from students at Gower College Ty Coch in Parliament.
"we had a lively discussion from the need to improve air quality and concerns that Brexit promises won't be delivered to the need to stop violence against women and tough sentencing."
"The need for subsidised bus fares to help students afford Further Education was also a local priority.
"I'll be writing to schools and colleges to encourage them to apply for trips and travel grants so Swansea students and pupils can come to Parliament and meet up. Meanwhile I'm keen to meet and hear views in Swansea"