Help improve air quality

As an individual there are many things you can do to help improve air quality. Reducing air pollution will improve the quality of life for everyone. Reducing air pollution often means using less fuel and energy which can save you money.

Find out about energy efficiency in your home.

During certain times of year pollution from bonfires and smoke can be an issue.

The main source of pollution in the city is from road traffic. We support businesses, schools, colleges and individuals to make travel plans that will create less pollution in our city and are more sustainable.

Walk, cycle, use a bus or a train

Use our journey planner to find out more about ways to travel round the city.

There are numerous cycle and bus lanes to make travelling easier and quicker. Take a look at our cycle facilities map to see everything the city has to offer cyclists.

Travel plans

If your employer, school or college does not have one, try to get them to set up a travel plan. This could involve loans for travelcards, providing cycle storage facilities and showers, car sharing schemes, 'green fuelled' car pools, or school 'walking buses.'

Our transport planning team can give you advice on creating travel plans for you, your school or college or business:

Reducing pollution from vehicles

There are standards to which new motor vehicles must be manufactured, including standards for exhaust emissions. Vehicle exhaust testing has been included in the annual MOT test since 1991.

Cold engines create more pollution than fully warmed engines, so try not to use cars for short trips, especially in the winter. Help your car run efficiently by getting it serviced regularly. Following our tips could also save you money through using less fuel.

The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) carry out roadside tests on heavy goods vehicles and can ban further use of a smoking vehicle until it has been adjusted or repaired. However, only the police have the powers to stop a vehicle on the road if it is producing so much smoke as to be a hazard to other drivers.

You can also help to reduce vehicle emissions by reporting lorries and buses which are extremely smoky to VOSA. They will contact the vehicle operator and investigate the report.