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."
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