Reduce vehicles to help people and planet

MOVING to reduce the greenhouse gases generated by human transport will deliver a major benefit to the health of people as well as the planet, according to a World Health Organization paper.

It says urban air pollution – largely transport-generated – and traffic injuries together kill about 2.5 million people annually, with low and middle-income countries carrying much of the burden.

Taking steps to promote “active transport” would help to prevent an estimated 3.2 million deaths annually attributable to physical inactivity, WHO said.

“Potential health gains of a shift from private motorised transport to walking, cycling and rapid transit/public transport include reduced respiratory and cardiovascular disease from air pollution and less exposure to traffic injury risks and noise stress,” the paper said.

“In addition, large benefits are expected from increased physical activity leading to the