Hand car washes in supermarket car parks could be damaging the environment, MPs have warned as they announced a new inquiry.
The Environment Audit Committee is concerned that oil, dirt and cleaning products are being thrown down the drain polluting rivers, streams and water sources.
They are concerned it could be having a “significant impact” on wildlife. The inquiry will also look at concerns that gangs are trafficking people and forcing them to work at hand car washes in a form of “modern slavery”.
The MPs will compare the environmental impact of hand car washes to automatic car washes, and examine whether chemicals used in them could harm “human health and the natural environment”.