'The underlying message from this report is clear: we must persuade people to use their cars less and to use public transport more. This simple premise represents the only realistic solution to this spiralling problem', said Veronica Palmer, director general of the Confederation of Passenger Transport.
'We are determined to do all we can to bring this about, and to get our own house in order working ahead of legislation. Britain has the second highest number of buses fitted with catalytic converters in the world, after Sweden. In addition, buses and coaches are consistently the least polluting vehicles on the road in Government emissions tests.
'And once you consider road space and average emissions per passenger, there can be no doubt that the bus is the best option, for our health, for our environment and for our future.'
1. The Confederation of Passenger Transport is the national trade
association representing bus, coach and fixed track operators.
2. Buses are subject to the latest stringent European emission standards (Euro 2), and many operators are working in advance of future legislation on cutting emissions by conducting research into cleaner, greener engines and alternative fuels.
3. 3.3% of Public Service Vehicles tested between October 1995 and March 1996 failed the emissions test, compared with 4% of heavy goods vehicles, 5.8% of cars, 8.4% of light goods vehicles and 15% of taxis.
4. Buses can carry the occupants of up to 50 cars in peak time, but use the road space of only 3.