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COP26: Climate activists reported to police after deflating tyres of 4x4s in Glasgow as summit takes place

Written by on 13 November 2021

Climate activists have deflated the tyres of 4x4s to “disarm” their owners as part of action to raise awareness about carbon emissions.

One vehicle owner has tweeted to say she has contacted the police after her 4×4 by was targeted by the group “Tyred of SUVs”.

The activists said they deflated the tyres of around 60 such vehicles in the west end of Glasgow as the COP26 climate change conference takes place in the city.

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Climate protest. Pic: @SpelacchioScot Image: The group has left ‘climate violation’ notice on the windscreens of vehicles. Pic: @SpelacchioScot

Activists also placed “climate violation” flyers on the windscreens, which stated: “Your SUV contributes to the second biggest cause of carbon emissions rises in the last decade.

“This is why we have disarmed your car by deflating one or more of its tyres.”

It added: “Action is required from you: Go small. Go public transport.”

Victoria Young was one of the motorists affected by the action and tweeted: “To the idiots who did this to my car as I’m trying to get to Paisley High Court this morning, did it ever occur to you that the driver might have to use their vehicle in an emergency? It’s being reported to @PoliceScotland.”

Tyred of SUVs said that no tyres were damaged in the action.

A spokesperson for Tyred of SUVs said: “If 4×4 drivers were a nation, they’d be the 7th biggest polluters on the planet (Source: International Energy Agency). If the 1% won’t take responsibility for the climate destruction they wreak, we’ll make them.”

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “We are aware of these incidents and there will be increased patrols in the area to provide reassurance to local residents.”