Exeter City Council has developed a new strategy to combat the “hidden killer” threat of air pollution.
Following research that predicts poor air quality will contribute to the death of 42 people in Exeter this year, the city council has commissioned a low emission strategy.
The main aim of the initiative is to protect residents, especially the vulnerable, from respiratory and other potentially life-threatening illnesses related to traffic pollution, the authority said.
“Air pollution can be a hidden killer and Exeter is no different to most cities throughout the UK,” said Keith Owen, lead councillor for the environment, health and wellbeing.
“We feel it is essential to examine all suitable courses of action now to reduce risks to health and ensure continued sustainable growth for the city.”
The council strategy aims to help people to switch to less polluting transport methods, encourage the use of electric vehicles, change the way deliveries are made in and around the city an fit buses with emission-reducing equipment.
A public consultation will ask residents for their views.