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In a new aim to reduce pollution levels, the government is taking action to remove speed bumps from busy road surfaces. These changes come after the government’s discussion to introduce a potential £20 “toxin tax” for diesel cars travelling into London and other urban cities.

Speed bumps exist and work as traffic calming measures to improve road safety, but contribute considerably to air pollution by increasing harmful emissions of noxious gas. The government are therefore reviewing either restructuring current speed bumps or removing them completely. Road cushions are one of the new options being considered to replace speed bumps, which control traffic in the same way, but do not involve harsh vehicle speed and increased pollution levels.

Chief Executive of the London Sustainability Exchange, Samantha Heath, comments on the advantages of altering speed humps, stating that: “20% of emissions can be saved by smoother driving.” Implementing these new strategies will, therefore, encourage drivers to maintain a steady speed instead of polluting the air from stop-start journeys.

With an aim for smoother driving and healthier road emissions, other changes are currently being discussed, such as minimising traffic queues and introducing more regulated speed limits to improve pollution levels.

The government are focusing on improving road pollution levels more than ever after their existing strategies for improved air conditions were criticised by the High Court for not meeting legal requirements. Later on this month, changes will be reviewed in further detail following the new clean air strategy.