As a follow up to the post Dave Davies sent us on Tuesday, which pointed out the shock results from the test which showed us, Taxi drivers are exposed to greater levels of dangerous pollution, compared to bus passengers, pedestrians and cyclists.
Four different modes of transport (Car/Bus/Walking/Cycling) were measured over an identical rout with Taxi/car drivers having to breath in eight times more pollution than the cyclist.
When you factor in the hours Taxi drivers spend driving round London's polluted streets, it puts them way above other groups in the risk to health category
They say a picture paints a thousand words:
Below is an image of a face mask particulate filter, worn for just 3 hours on the tube (Middle), 3 hours cycling (right).
Now imagine a Taxi driver working an 8 hour shift!
The test showed he/she would be breathing in up to 8 times the level of pollution that the cyclist is exposed to.
Below is a simple test I carried out last year, on the outside surface of my Taxi.
Having washed the cab in the afternoon, I went to work for a 5 hour stint in Central London aroud 10pm till 3am. Traffic is less congested at night and pollution is considered to be at a lower level.
Next morning, I had a quick trip down to Paddington to drop off some keys. When I got home, I wiped a clean tea towel over the body panels of the taxi.