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Published on : Jul 07, 2014

Environmentalists have charged the organizers of Commonwealth Games on falling back on their promises to create a low emission zone around the venue of the Games. Previously, restrictions on polluting vehicles were planned. These regulations were supposed to be in place around the game venues.

Friends of the Earth organization stated pledges to ban the most polluting vehicles away from the venue have been breached. Glasgow 2014 has been previously recognized for its efforts in reducing waste, carbon emissions, and overall healthy living.

However, Glasgow 2014 has admitted that the vehicles fell short on their low emission targets. They also said they were still committed towards sustainability.

But, the organization in Scotland – Friends of the Earth stated that low emission zones the most polluting vehicles which were supposed to be restricted had been a key plank of environmental promise and it underpinned Glasgow’s bid.

According to an air pollution campaigner, this promise was broken and the zones which were a key project had won Glasgow the bid for the Commonwealth Games because it promised for such environment safety issues.

The campaigners stated that they were expecting bans which covered a wide area surrounding each venue. But, they only got the existing security cordon which was immediately around the sites. 

The campaigner also said that the part of legacy of the Commonwealth games should have been to display for the first time that Scotland could make a difference by showing that low emission zones could cause pollution. However, such restrictions on vehicles covering a limited area are not effective at all.