HC Deb 23 July 1980 vol 989 cc250-1W
32. Mr. Clinton Davis

asked the Minister of Transport if, in the interest of reducing the effects of pollution on pedestrians and cyclists, he has any plans to request or oblige vehicle manufacturers to place exhaust pipes on the offside of vehicles; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

No. I believe the right course is to control vehicle emissions. We do require buses to have exhaust pipes fitted at the rear or on the offside towards the rear, but this is to prevent fumes from entering the vehicle. The evidence suggests that the position of the exhaust pipe has no significant effect on the concentration of exhaust gases inhaled by pedestrians.

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