Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Sadiq Khan’s ‘40,000 pollution deaths a year’ is a zombie statistic and isn’t true, says respiratory physician.
Sadiq Khan’s figure on pollution deaths is a “zombie statistic and it’s simply not true,” according to a respiratory physician.
Figures have been released claiming pollution causes almost 40,000 premature deaths a year in the UK. Air pollution is also said to cause a total 340,000 years of lost life in the UK.
Figures originated from a Royal College of Physicians report and Mr Khan has cited the figures in announcing measures to cut pollution in London.
But Tony Frew, respiratory physician at the University of Brighton, told Julia Hartley-Brewer this is merely an example of a “zombie statistic”, meaning “however much you try to kill it it comes back and it’s simply not true.”
He explained that the 340,000 life years figure doesn’t equate to real life, and in reality each person loses only about three days from their lifespan as a result of pollution.
Frew also said that the 40,000 deaths a year figure is “a guess” using information about two pollutants which overlap.
He added that pollution levels are “illegal because we made it illegal, not because it’s dangerous.”
Source : Stemorris . com
Monday, October 16, 2017
Taxi Leaks Extra Bit :
London also has one of the largest and most comprehensive bus networks in the world, with 9000 buses running on 700 bus routes, as well as 20 tube lines providing a 24hour service at weekends and around 100,000 non-Uber Minicabs and Taxis.
Even if Uber are not relicensed, no one will find themselves stranded in London.
If TFL capitulates to public and political pressure based on the arguments being made, that they have 3.5 million users, it could set a very troubling precedent.
If a company can get away with illegal and unethical behaviour simply because it has a lot of customers, it would send out the message that the richest corporations are above the law in London.
Let's get one thing straight....uber drivers are self-employed as Minicab drivers!
If uber lose their operators licence, the drivers still remain self-employed Minicab drivers....they haven't lost their licenses.
They can work as self-employed Minicab drivers for anyone of the other 2,500 fit and proper TfL licensed operators in the capital.