After decades of a stagnant economy and an increasingly hostile climate, the UK is once again seeing a surge in the number of cement boards being manufactured, which has prompted the country’s minister for transport to call for a rethink of the countrys transport policies.
Transport Minister Boris Johnson said the country had a large number of concrete boards in use.
“We have a large and growing number of these boards which have to be transported around the country, which are now at about 1,200 tonnes,” Mr Johnson told the BBC.
He said that was “not acceptable” and that cement boards were a “public health threat”.
“They’re being transported around our country, but I think that’s a very dangerous situation,” Mr, Johnson said.
His comments came after the government announced that it would require the manufacturers of cement board boards to submit a plan to the government to prevent the material from being used in roads, buildings and other infrastructure.
Mr Johnson said that had been implemented in several European countries, including Germany, Sweden and Denmark.
It is also expected to be implemented in the UK.
The announcement came as the number one cause of road deaths in the country is a rise in traffic accidents.
More than two-thirds of the fatalities in Britain are caused by a combination of vehicles travelling too fast, hitting pedestrians, and vehicles travelling dangerously close to cyclists.
Road deaths in Britain have been rising over the last two years and have hit a record high in 2017.
In February, more than a million people died in road crashes.