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Reducing car pollution

Smoking out polluting vehicles.

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ERC Prevention Team partners up with local garages to improve local air quality.

We have teamed up with local garages across East Renfrewshire to provide free emissions checks and improve local air quality.

Enforcement officers from Environmental Health will be carrying out roadside emissions checks on vehicles in partnership with Police Scotland.

Officers have the power to issue Fixed Penalty Notices to drivers of vehicles which fail the roadside emissions test.

The following garages will be offering free vehicle emissions tests (subject to availability, phone and book your test) and this will give drivers the ability to fix any emissions problems their car has:

East Renfrewshire garages involved in the Air Quality Enhancement Scheme

Angus Motors
Unit 3 West Arthurlie
Lochlibo Road
G78 1LG
0141 876 0470

Burnfield Motors Ltd
18 Fenwick Road
G46 6AN
0141 637 2212

C&M Motors
Sydney Cottage
Henry Street
G78 1RL
0141 881 8108

Eaglesham Garage
77 Gilmour Street
G76 0LH
01355 302 685

Harry Fairbairn
139 Burnfield Road
G46 7TS
0141 278 7918
Jim Gaffney Motor Engineers
195/197 Burnfield Road
G46 7RA
0141 633 3562
McConechy's Tyre Service Ltd
72 Spiersbridge Road
0141 621 4400
Mercedes Benz of Giffnock
34 Fenwick Road
G46 6AA
0141 629 1200
158 Fenwick Road
G46 6XW
0141 621 0202
Cross Arthurlie Street
G78 1QY
0141 880 8088

John Robb & Son
Kirkstyle Garage
37 High Street
G78 3HJ
0141 881 1759

Ross Maitland Motor Engineers
Whitecraigs Station Car Park
46 Ayr Road
G46 6SA
0141 639 9655
Select Services (Scotland) Ltd
99a Blackbyres Road
G78 1TN
0141 881 8213
Summerlee Garage
Summerlea Road
G46 8PD
0141 638 0060


What can you do to reduce car pollution?

Follow the checklist to ensure you minimise your impact:

  • Avoid using cars for short journeys - combine trips or, alternatively, walk, cycle, or take a bus.
  • Care for your vehicle - check tuning, tyre pressure, brakes and fuel consumption - regular servicing helps keep your car efficient and saves fuel. Is your vehicle excessively smokey? If yes East Renfrewshire Residents can take the vehicle  for a free emissions check at the listed participating stations
  • Lighten up - roof racks add drag and other unnecessary weight increases fuel consumption.
  • When your tyres need replacing consider low rolling resistance replacements - ask your tyre fitter for advice.
  • Drive gently - racing starts and sudden stops increase fuel consumption. Use higher gears when traffic conditions allow.
  • Steady your speed - at around 50mph (80 kph) emissions will be lowest, rising dramatically above 70mph (110 kph).
  • Switch off when stationary - if stuck in traffic or stopping more than a minute. Idling engines make sitting in jams even more unpleasant. Do not run the engine unnecessarily - drive off soon after starting (in this area it's  an offence to leave the engine running) and you could end up with a fixed penalty.
  • Be considerate of those around you - reduce the volume of your car stereo or close your car window in residential areas, and avoid sounding your horn or revving your engine.
  • Air conditioning and on board electrical devices increase fuel consumption - only use them when really necessary.
  • Share your journeys - go shopping with friends or neighbours, take a colleague to work, or join a car share club or lift-share.
  • Investigate alternatives - If you're looking for a new car there are a number of different technologies and fuels available; existing cars can also be adapted to give off lower emissions.

For more information, call the Prevention Team on 0141 577 3782.

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