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UK drivers ranked as seventh least toxic in Europe

The UK has been ranked as the country with the seventh least toxic drivers in Europe.

The study by The Eco Experts - a Europan solar and home improvements site - investigated toxicity in 25 European countries by cross-referencing data for the percentage of alternative fuel cars, average vehicle age, the number of vehicles per 1,000 people and ambient air pollution.

Individual rankings from these factors were combined to give an overall impression of the countries that are home to the most toxic motorists.

The most toxic country was the Czech Republic, followed by Poland, Estonia, Croatia and Slovakia.

The cleanest country was Sweden.

Fran Whittaker-Wood, of The Eco Experts, said: “Road transport is one of the biggest sources of air pollution and although our research shows that poor quality vehicles is the biggest contributing factor to toxic driving emissions, the reality is that most people can’t afford to replace their cars with sustainable alternatives because they are just too expensive.

“If governments are serious about cutting driver pollution levels then more needs to be done to make these cars affordable to everyone.”


Full list:

  1. Czech Republic
  2. Poland
  3. Estonia
  4. Croatia
  5. Slovakia
  6. Slovenia
  7. Spain
  8. Romania
  9. Austria
  10. Hungary
  11. Luxembourg
  12. Latvia
  13. Italy
  14. Lithuania
  15. Belgium
  16. France
  17. Germany
  18. United Kingdom
  19. Greece
  20. Portugal
  21. Netherlands
  22. Denmark
  23. Finland
  24. Ireland
  25. Sweden

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