A new campaign is being launched across South Yorkshire to encourage drivers to consider ultra-low emission vehicles and alternative fuel cars.
Care4Air’s ‘Fuelling Change’ campaign aims to increase awareness of the ultra-low emission cars currently available to drivers in order to improve air quality in the region.
These include electric, hydrogen and gas-powered vehicles that emit very low emissions.
A joint initiative of the Barnsley, Doncaster, Sheffield and Rotherham councils, Care4Air has been informing local people, businesses and organisations about how they can contribute to improving air quality across South Yorkshire since its formation in 2004.
As part of the Fuelling Change campaign, there will be an event at Barnsley’s Peel Retail Park on 16 November, when members of the public will be able to find out more about the ultra-low emission vehicle options available to them.
With electric vehicle suppliers in attendance on the day, people will be able to see affordable, practical alternatives to their current petrol and diesel cars and book test drives to try them for themselves.
Barnsley Council spokesperson for public health, Councillor Jim Andrews, said: "We know that air pollution has major environmental as well as health impacts, and is recognised as a contributing factor in the onset of heart disease and cancer.
“One of the ways that we can really reduce air pollution is to switch our petrol and diesel household cars to ultra-low emission ones.”
“We spoke to members of the public across South Yorkshire and know that people may have concerns about ultra-low emission vehicles, such as their price, how practical they are, and how far they can travel in them.
“But in fact, these vehicles are not only better for the environment but are cheaper to run and can travel further than ever. There are more charging points across our region and there is a greater range of vehicles at affordable prices than ever before.
“We just need to make sure that people in South Yorkshire are aware of these advantages and challenge any misconceptions they may have.”
Following the event in Barnsley, there will also be an event held in Sheffield at Crystal Peaks on Saturday 24 November.
To find out more about the campaign, visit www.fuellingchange.co.uk or go to one of the events in South Yorkshire.