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Labor promises interchange subsidies to reduce lorry pollution

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Last year, the Environmental Protection Agency found that an intersection in Yarraville was averaging twice the allowable level of air pollution, violating state standards an average of once every 10 days.

In this year’s state budget, the government also provided $2.8 million in grants to reduce localized air pollution for the inner and outer west.

This increasing evidence shows that traffic-related air pollution is associated with a higher risk of asthma, childhood asthma, and reduced lung function in children.

Children are especially vulnerable to the effects of road traffic because their lungs are still developing.

Diabetes, dementia, stroke, cancer and mental illness have also been linked to air pollution, and Victoria’s Air Quality Strategy says air pollution costs the state more than $1 billion a year in health costs.

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“Without continued action, exposure to air pollution is expected to increase in the future,” the government’s air quality strategy says.

D’Ambrosio said the strategy was preparing Victoria to deal with climate change and population growth.

Parliamentary Inquiry into the Health Effects of Air Pollution last year acknowledged that “much more could be done” to address the pollution hotspots and subsequent potential health effects.

The government announced the spending last week $1 billion for renewable energy production and accelerate emissions targets to an 80 percent reduction from 2005 levels by 2035 and to zero by 2045.

The opposition maintained the goal of reducing emissions to zero by 2050.

Opposition Leader Matthew Guy said on Monday that the coalition, if elected, would suspend the tax on electric carsand invest $50 million in expanding the use of low-emission vehicles.

Motorists of electric and hybrid vehicles in the state are charged road tax of 2.6¢ or 2.1¢ for each kilometer they drive based on the annual odometer reading.

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