Free exhaust checks cut pollution

Published: 22 March 2013

Motorists are being offered free emissions tests as part of the council’s on-going efforts to improve air quality.

The testing will take place from 10am to 4pm on Wednesday (March 27) and Thursday (March 28) next week in the Asda car park in Clapham Junction town centre.

The aim of the free exhaust testing is to pinpoint vehicles with engines that are not performing to the optimum level and may need a service or repair so that pollutants are kept to an absolute minimum.

The testers will offer to identify vehicles which would not meet the current MOT standard and can give owners advice about vehicle upkeep and servicing.

Advice on how to reduce vehicle emissions and make savings on running costs will also be available, including the council's 'Smarter Driving Tips' leaflet.

Practical tips that can help reduce emissions include removing unnecessary weight from the car, switching off the air conditioning and pumping tyres up to the correct pressure.

For more information about how to improve air quality visit