Edinburgh streets targeted include Eton Terrace, Belgrave Crescent, Belgrave Place, Lennox Street and Oxford Terrace.
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Amy Kidd of Edinburgh Tire Extinguishers said: “If you’re visiting Edinburgh for the festival, leave your polluting SUV at home or you might wake up to find lentils in the tyres. We’re glad you’re visiting the city, just don’t choke our lungs and clog our streets doing it.” This latest operation is at least the sixth tire extinguisher action in the capital since March. More than 200 SUVs have been deflated in the Leith, Portobello, Hillside, Marchmont, Bruntsfield and New Town areas, however the green group is facing growing criticism from motorists and local elected officials.
Tire Extingusihers, who want to make it ‘impossible’ to own an SUV, have sprung up in the UK, US, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Sweden and New Zealand. -Zealand.
Members of the group leave leaflets on the cars they target, explaining, “We’re doing this because driving around urban areas in your massive vehicle has huge consequences for others.”
The tire extinguishers demanded that the government introduce “bans on SUVs in urban areas, pollution taxes to tax SUVs and massive investment in free and comprehensive public transport”. However, they say, “Until the politicians make it a reality, Fire The Fire Extinguisher action will continue.