Pressure on Sheffield drivers to be more air aware

Compliance officer Graham Laycock tests Caroline Roper's tyres.
Compliance officer Graham Laycock tests Caroline Roper's tyres.
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Motorists in Sheffield are being urged to regularly check the pressure of their tyres to reduce the impact on the environment.

The appeal is part of Sheffield Council’s Air Aware campaign which is aiming to raise awareness about air pollutants nitrogen dioxide and fine particulate matter.

Poor air quality has been estimated to account for up to 500 premature deaths a year in Sheffield, with health costs of about £160 million per year.

Under-inflated tyres increase fuel consumption and the council says drivers in Sheffield could have a ‘huge effect’ on the city’s air quality if they made regular checks.

Coun Jayne Dunn, cabinet member for environment, said: “Checking tyre pressure is all too easy to forget.

“However, I would urge drivers who want to save money at the pumps – and be more Air Aware at the same time – to check regularly to ensure tyres are always inflated to recommendations.”