Brakes, tyres and road wear call for evidence launched

The government has launched a call for evidence on the impact of emissions from brakes, tyres and road wear.

First announced in the new Clean Air Strategy, the call for evidence will look at ways to address the impact tyres and brakes have on air quality and the environment and will help inform the design of future policy.

Says Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey: “Brakes and tyres produce tiny pieces of particulate matter – for example, dust and soot – that comes from general wear and tear.

“These particles are left on our roads and when it rains can be deposited into our sewers and oceans, leading to harmful consequences to our marine wildlife and food chains.

“This call for evidence will help us to learn more about how these particles are released, as well the actions we can take to reduce their impact.”

Adds Transport Minister Jesse Norman: “The government has worked with the University of Plymouth to improve scientific understanding of the impact these tiny particles and we estimate that emissions from tyre wear may contribute as much as 5-10% to the total amount of plastic in our oceans.

“But further research and data in this area is still required which is why we have launched this call for evidence to improve the evidence base both nationally and globally.

“Tackling this issue is crucial for reducing air pollution. We would urge anyone who has expertise in this area to get involved and share their evidence and views.”

The call for evidence will run until 28 September.