Most polluting vehicles could face extra charge in pollution crackdown
PUBLISHED: 11:29 13 May 2016 | UPDATED: 11:29 13 May 2016
The mayor has launched a consultation on measures to deal with deadly air pollution
An extra charge could be levied on the most polluting vehicles entering central London as part of a raft of measures to tackle air pollution.
The proposal appears in a new consultation launched by mayor of London Sadiq Khan on how to deal with the environmental problem, which kills nearly 10,000 Londoners every year.
London does not meet the legal requirements for pollutants such as Nitrogen Dioxide, and new research published by the World Health Organisation yesterday (May 12) showed that the capital has breached safe levels of pollutant particles known as PM10.
The mayor said: “In the past, London has only responded after an emergency, like with the Clean Air Act, which followed the Great London Smogs of the 1950s. But I want to act before an emergency, which is why we need big, bold and sometimes difficult policies if London is to match the scale of the challenge.”
Other proposals in the consultation include extending the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) to the North Circular Road and the South Circular Road, bringing in the changes before 2020.
Transport for London (TfL) could also get the go-ahead to start work on the costs and challenges of implementing a diesel scrappage scheme as part of a wider national scheme delivered by the government.
TfL will be expected to lead by example, with self-imposed ULEZ standards a year earlier for TfL double decker buses.
Clean bus corridors could also be introduced to tackle the worst pollution hotspots by concentrating cleaner buses on the dirtiest routes.
The mayor made the announcement during a visit to Sir John Cass’s Foundation Primary School in Aldgate, which has delivered a number of green initiatives, including a green roof garden, as the school is close to busy roads and in an area known for high pollution levels.