THE Council and Newtownabbey Road Safety Committee teamed up for the annual vehicle roadshow at Abbey Retail Car Park recently.
The roadshow helps to raise awareness of road safety measures and improve air quality, by allowing motorists to have free vehicle emissions testing, headlight testing and a tyre safety check.
More than 100 drivers had their vehicles tested for emissions and were advised on reducing pollution and car sharing.
Hugh Kelly, Director of Environmental Services at Newtownabbey Council said: “Cars are the biggest source of air pollution in Newtownabbey and whilst new developments in vehicle technology are helping to reduce the amount of pollution produced by each individual car, the number of cars on our roads are increasing.
“Car sharing improves air quality as fewer cars on the road leads to less pollution. This combined with the vehicle emission tests which checked the level of pollution contained within car exhaust fumes and offered remedial advice means the result is likely to be positive on our environment.”
The Newtownabbey Road Safety Committee offered the 102 motorists tyre and headlamp beam checks.
Over half of the cars tested needed headlamp beam adjustment or missing bulbs replaced - services provided by Car-Tech of Mallusk, free of charge.
Magowan Tyres of Mallusk discovered that 12 of the cars also needed new tyres.
Pat Martin, Newtownabbey Road Safety Committee added: “I would like to thank the generosity of those organisations who took part in the roadshow.
“By donating their time and expertise, they have demonstrated their commitment to improving road safety and air quality, making Newtownabbey a greener and safer place to be.”