Decrease Harmful Vehicle Emissions by Improving Road Design

Target: Anthony Foxx, Secretary of Transportation

Goal: Maintain roads and create driving restrictions that help reduce pollution.

According to a recent study by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), speed bumps and rough driving surfaces increase the amount of emissions that come from a vehicle. In the study, it claims that re-designing speed bumps, and altogether making smoother roads, could decrease pollution from cars and trucks by 20 percent.

The current design of many roads makes drivers tend to speed up then slow down in between the bumps. Spacing out speed bumps, so that drivers can maintain a constant speed in between, would reduce the amount of emissions produced. This study came in the wake of a record driving year in the U.K. Over 300 billion miles were traveled across the population, which naturally means it was a year with high pollution as well. This study not only comments on speed bumps, but names many other ways to reduce pollution incrementally.

These include imposing lower speed limits in residential areas, prohibiting engine idling at stop signs, stop lights or schools, as well as teaching new drivers to accelerate and decelerate less often. NICE believes in a multifaceted approach to solving the pollution problem. Big changes, mixed with small everyday choices about lessening one’s own pollution, is the way to fix our poor air quality in the world.

Sign this petition to support the implementation of driving restrictions and new road designs to decrease pollution.


Dear Mr. Foxx,

The current state of our roads and driving practices lead to more pollution than it should. A recent study shows that by making roads smoother, and redesigning speed bumps, pollution from cars could decrease by 20 percent, and that is just two parts of a multifaceted approach to limiting harmful pollution caused by cars.

Many other ideas, like lowering speed limits in residential areas, teaching new drivers to drive with less accelerating and decelerating, as well as others, could bring down one’s own personal pollution greatly. On a large scale, this could help our planet reverse the effects of climate change.

It may not be the perfect solution, but the best way to fight climate change is going to be different for each person in each country. This is one of many ways in which we could begin the process of reversing the devastating effects of our own consumption.

Please use your power to create a brighter future for all of us.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    ban dissel cars! electric vehicles or else!

  2. Basically the U.S. infrastructure dates from WWII or the 1950’s….most of it needs serious revamping…..but no one wants to set aside the kind of major money that would be needed for this.

    Rather than worry about speed bumps, we need to insist that ALL highways, tunnels, bridges, etc are consistently upgraded in the best way possible……or, like, the lead pipes that carry water!! You see how much the politicians in Michigan (for example) are concerned about them…..just one more example of old infrastructure breaking down!

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