Ross Greer, Green MSP for the West of Scotland, is urging action on Low Emissions Zones and investment in safer streets in light of a major report into air pollution.
Holyrood’s Environment Committee has expressed concern about the Scottish Government’s “direction of travel, rate of change and action on the ground”.
Renfrewshire has 3 air quality management areas, in Paisley, Renfrew and Johnstone, where public health is being harmed by vehicle emissions.
The report expresses concern about the timescales for Low Emissions Zones and questions whether local authorities have the technical and financial resources to ensure the first zones, to be located in Glasgow & Edinburgh, are fully operational by the end of this year.
Ross said: “Air pollution remains a silent killer for thousands of people in Scotland, and is a serious problem in Renfrewshire. Unless we commit to investing in walking and cycling, delivering clean bus services and tackling car growth then we will continue to see a public health crisis.
“Unless we commit to investing in walking and cycling, delivering clean bus services and tackling avoidable car growth then we will continue to see a public health crisis.
“Scottish Government commitments to deliver low emission zones in the major cities have come too late and now there is a danger that the resources and expertise aren’t there to deliver them on time. Even if they were, it won’t help us tackle the serious issues we have here. It’s not just Glasgow and Edinburgh that need urgent action on air pollution, it’s communities across Renfrewshire and we shouldn’t have to wait.”