The words ‘nitrogen dioxide’ might not mean much to you, but if you hear the words ‘50mph limits on the M4’ you might be more inclined to prick up your ears. Ears pricked? Listen up…
Temporary Turns Permanent
If your delivery work takes you to Wales on the M4 around Newport and Port Talbot, let’s hope you were already aware of the temporary speed restrictions that were put in place in a bid to cut the pollution in these built up areas. Well, it turns out the experiment was so successful that the 50mph speed limits have become permanent. (There are several other roads affected, which we cover at the end of the post.)
Why the Need?
Not many of us who do delivery work are part-time scientists on the side, but without going into a full-on chemistry lecture, what it boils down to is that there’s an urgent need to reduce the levels of nitrogen dioxide in the air. For our own sake as well as the environment. It’s been deduced by people far cleverer than me that the fastest and easiest way of doing this is by bringing down the speed limit in these sorts of traffic-congested areas.
If you want a pretty grim statistic from the government, here it is in all its depressing glory:
“Air pollution in the UK reduces the life expectancy of every person by an average of 7–8 months, with an associated cost of up to £20 billion each year.”
Slow Down and Do Your Bit
It goes without saying that we all need to do is to stay within the law when it comes to speed limits. This particularly applies to those of us out there doing delivery work who might be on tight schedules. There’s really no excuse for speeding, but it seems there are still some people ignoring the 50mph rule, and just so we’re clear, here are the places the limit will become permanent by the middle of July:
The Environment Minister plans to try to address the problem of motorists continuing to driver too fast in these areas by getting very specific and installing signs that say: “poor air quality kills, reduce your speed”. Right then.
You can’t get much clearer than that, can you?
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