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After years of dithering in tackling air pollution the Mayor fails Londoners once again -

February 13, 2013 4:51 PM

Stephen Knight, Liberal Democrat London Assembly environment spokesperson, commenting on the Mayor's announcement today that an Ultra Low Emission Zone in central London will not occur under his Mayoralty and will be left to his successor to implement said:

"After years of dithering in tackling air pollution the Mayor has once again failed Londoners."

"It is a great shame that the Mayor has taken so long to even recognise the merits of such an Ultra Low Emission Zone, despite the policy being repeatedly recommended to him. Even now he seems in no hurry to take any decisive action and is happy to leave the policy to be implemented by his successor.

"The Mayor is also making a huge mistake by only including TfL's bus fleet in phase 5 of London's wider Low Emission Zone.

"Instead of boasting about new diesel hybrid buses the Mayor should be championing a big switch to 100% electric buses and taxis, ending all exhaust pollution.

"For the thousands of Londoners that are condemned to a premature death due to the capital's serious air pollution the Mayor's proposals are sadly too little, and far too late."