Clean-air campaigners call for ban on school run to cut pollution

Clean-air campaigners have written to the government calling for a ban on parents driving their children to school in an attempt to cut down on toxic levels of air pollution. The Guardian reports.

Last year, the Guardian revealed that hundreds of thousands of children were being exposed to dangerous levels of air pollution outside schools, colleges and nurseries.

Now new figures from the Department of Transport show that that one in four cars on the road at peak times are on the school run.

Jenni Wiggle from the charity Living Streets, which has written to the transport minister, Jesse Norman, said more children walking meant fewer vehicles on the road and improved air quality for everyone.

“Walking to school not only improves our air quality but is a great way for children to build more exercise into their daily lives, helping them to arrive to school healthier, happier and ready to learn.”

The Guardian investigation found that over 2,000 primary schools in the UK are situated in pollution hotspots, and new research by Living Streets shows that 42% of parents are concerned about levels of air pollution around their child’s school.

Medical charities backed the call for a ban on the school run but said it had to be part of a much wider package of measures.

A spokesman for the Department for Transport said: “We are determined to make cycling the natural choice of transport for people of all ages and backgrounds, and we want to increase the number of children that usually walk to school.

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