Taxi drivers working in congested cities experience the highest exposure to black carbon pollution compared with other professional drivers, such as couriers and truck drivers.
Shanon Lim (King’s College London, United Kingdom) explained during his presentation at the ERS congress that although there is a lot of knowledge on exposure to traffic pollution, hardly any data is available on the influence air pollutants have on professional drivers . In the Diesel Exposure Mitigation Study, a collaboration between researchers at King’s College and researchers at Queen Mary University of London, 140 professional drivers from a range of occupations working in central London were recruited. In addition to taxi drivers, couriers, truck drivers, waste removal and emergency service workers took part in the trial. The drivers were asked to carry black carbon monitors for a period of 96 hours. The monitors measured exposure levels once every minute. Drivers were als...
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