London’s air pollution ruled illegal - Boris must act now to avoid fines: Stephen Knight

May 1, 2013 2:18 PM

Stephen Knight AM, the Liberal Democrat London Assembly environment spokesperson, commenting on the Supreme Court decision today to declare that there has been a breach of article 13 of the Air Quality Directive and to refer the case against the Government to the Court of Justice of the European Union, said:

"This is a landmark decision by the Supreme Court confirming that the UK Government is breaking long standing air pollution laws in relation to dangerous levels of nitrogen dioxide in our air, particularly in London.

"Not only are thousands of people dying prematurely due to air pollution but there is now the real prospect that the UK will face heavy fines that could be passed on to London."

"The Government and the Mayor of London should stop trying to get around European laws on air pollution and instead start taking decisive action to tackle the causes of air pollution in our capital.

"For a start, the Mayor of London must implement an Ultra Low Emission Zone urgently, not wait until 2020 as he currently plans."