Speed bumps in its current guise could be abolished after a health group linked the measures to slow down traffic to 25,000 deaths a year caused by pollution due to frequent accelerations and decelerations.
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The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) calls for a redesign of the current speed bump, to ensure that vehicles do not need to drastically slow down and then accelerate, in order to reduce air pollution in urban areas and residential areas.
NICE place great emphasis on the importance of driving slowly to reduce air pollution in its report, and targeted, buses, and trucks with the greatest need to avoid these sharp accelerations and decelerations.
As an alternative to traffic calming measures and speed enforcement measures on the main roads, an extension of variable speed limits is also recommended by NICE on ‘ promoting a smoother driving style”, very similar to those seen on the ever-growing ‘smart motorway network in the UNITED kingdom.
The group has also recommended to reduce the amount of time that drivers can spend with their engines idling, limiting, and in some places, such as outside of school. NICE claims the air pollution caused by this affects children and the elderly more than it affects others. The wider use of 20mph limits in residential areas and is in the middle of the list of recommendations, too.
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Paul Lincoln, chief executive of UK health forum and the NICE help of the chairman of the committee, said: “Traffic-related air pollution is a great risk to public health and contributes to health inequalities.
“The BEAUTY of strategic orientation range of practical testing of measures to promote low or zero emission transport. This is very timely given the imperative to meet EU and national air quality standards.”
In addition to this, the city has also observed the impact of the reduction of the speed limit on motorways to 50 mph and when you consider the additional resources needed to enforce this. It described the impact as “highly effective at reducing air pollution”.
NICE list of recommendations for public consultation until the end of January 2017.