Mayor should stop trying to get around European air laws – Stephen Knight

February 20, 2014 12:04 PM

Stephen Knight AM, the Liberal Democrat London Assembly environment spokesperson, commenting on the European Commission's decision today to launch legal proceedings against the UK for its failure to meet nitrogen dioxide limits, said

"The decision taken by the European Commission to launch legal proceedings against the UK for its failure to meet nitrogen dioxide limits represents a significant step forward in the fight for clean air 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, and not wait until 2020 as he currently plans."

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