The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has said he wants to help every Londoner breathe cleaner air. And rightly so as five days into 2017 and the capital has already breached its legal limits of air pollution.
Khan’s plans for cleaner air include bringing forward the Ultra-Low Emission Zone one year earlier in 2019 as well as extending the area to beyond central London from 2020. He also plans on adding a surcharge on the most polluting vehicles on top of the congestion charge.
What’s more, the Mayor has confirmed plans for the first of a series of Low Emission Bus Zones, prioritising the greenest buses on the worst polluted routes. And not happy to let the dieselgate scandal slip away unpunished, Khan has written to VW Group asking for £2.5m to compensate for lost Congestion Charge revenue, saying the funding would be used to raise awareness and reduce exposure to air pollution at schools located in some of the most polluted parts of London.
Whilst fleets operating in and out of London may not be a fan of Khan’s radical proposals, air quality is a very real hazard to public health, and he is under the scrutiny of environmental lawyers and EU bosses and so he has a tough task ahead. And as Mayor of the capital city, he will be setting the pace for other major cities to follow suit, and therefore holds a significant amount of influen