quality of air on Merseyside
In a number of national surveys of environmental quality, Merseyside
has been identified as having very poor air quality.
major pollutants are Oxides of Nitrogen (NOx), Carbon Monoxide (CO),
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and particles less than 10 microns
in diameter (PM10).
In parts of Liverpool the level of NOx is so high that
the Air Quality Objectives of the National Air Quality Strategy are not
being met. In order to try and address this problem Liverpool City
Council have declared two Air Quality Management Areas (AQMA’s). The
main source of NOx is road transport and principally diesel engined
vehicles. You can help to reduce the problems of air quality by choosing
more sustainable forms of transport such as walking, cycling, public
transport and low emissions vehicles. This high level of motor vehicle
pollution arises in spite of Liverpool having a low level of car
ownership 'around 40% of households do not have access to a car'. If you
would like to know more about the AQMA’s see Liverpool City Council- Air Quality for more information.