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UK health experts find no compelling evidence of risk from tyre and road wear particles

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An independent advisory committee to the UK Department of Health has found no compelling evidence that exposure to tyre and road wear particles poses a health risk at current UK concentrations. Based on a review of present scientific knowledge, the updated position statement recently published by the Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants (COMEAP) extends to all non-exhaust particles from road transport, including brake wear and road surface particulates.

However, the committee did recognise knowledge-gaps: “it is recommended that new epidemiological and toxicological research should be undertaken to further understand the potential health risk of this aspect of vehicular pollution and to provide a basis for further policy”.

Karl Naylor, BTMA Chairman said: “We welcome this thorough examination of scientific evidence by respected UK experts that gives a solid base on which to build further understanding”.

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