Polluting central London should not be a privilege for the wealthy – Stephen Knight

October 27, 2014 5:51 PM

Stephen Knight, Liberal Democrat London Assembly environment spokesperson, commenting on today's launch of a consultation by the Mayor and Transport for London on an Ultra Low Emission Zone for London said:

"An Ultra Low Emission Zone is much needed and something we have long supported. Real action is needed to end the thousands of early deaths caused by air pollution every year.

"However what is being proposed is too little, being introduced too slowly.

"Only last year the Mayor's 2020 Vision stated that his plan for an Ultra Low Emission Zone would restrict central London only to those vehicles which have zero or near-zero tailpipe emissions."

"Sadly the Mayor has dropped this commitment and seems content to allow highly polluting vehicles to enter central London for many years to come."

"Polluting central London should not be a privilege for the wealthy - yet that is exactly what the Mayor is proposing."

ENDS

Notes to editors:

  1. Details of the Mayor's 2020 Vision are enclosed:

https://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/2020_vision_web.pdf (see page 50)

"So we have brought in a highly aggressive programme of improvements, including an Ultra Low Emission Zone by 2020. Our intention is to serve due notice to consumers and manufacturers that by this time we expect to restrict central London only to those vehicles that have zero or near-zero tailpipe emissions."

  1. 2. Details of today's Mayor and TfL consultation : https://www.tfl.gov.uk/info-for/media/press-releases/2014/october/the-mayor-and-tfl-consult-on-ultra-low-emission-zone