How far will the Mayor go on diesel emissions?

03 December 2014

This meeting took place on 4 December 2014. Read the transcript here.

Diesel is the new villain on the roads and many groups, especially the licenced taxi trade want answers to how far and how fast the Mayor and Transport for London (TfL) will go, on future diesel emission standards.

Pressure for urgent action has increased since the recent European Court of Justice Ruling - the first on the effect of the Air Quality Directive, which will determine what action the UK courts take against the government.

What’s more, Nissan has blamed the suspension of the launch of its new black cab model on the Mayor’s consultations.

Tomorrow, the London Assembly Environment Committee will ask:

Why wait until 2020 to implement the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ)?

What is the bus fleet replacement policy and when will we see zero-emission buses?

How are the Mayor’s policies affecting the taxi industry?

Should the Mayor support taxi and minicab drivers to switch to cleaner vehicles?

Discussing the Mayor and TfL’s policies on diesel emissions will be:

Matthew Pencharz, Mayor’s Senior Adviser - Environment and Energy

Elliot Treharne, Principal Policy & Programme Officer (Air Quality), Greater London Authority (GLA)

Mike Weston, Director of Buses, Transport for London (TfL)

Sam Longman, Policy Manager (Environment), TfL

Steve McNamara, General Secretary, Licensed Taxi Drivers’ Association

Steve Wright MBE, Chair, Licensed Private Hire Car Association

The meeting will take place on Thursday, 4 December from 2.00pm in The Chamber at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1).

Media and members of the public are invited to attend.

The meeting can also be viewed via webcast.

Notes to editors:

Full agenda papers

Transport Emissions Road Map - http://www.tfl.gov.uk/cdn/static/cms/documents/transport-emissions-roadmap.pdf

ULEZ consultation – https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/environment/ultra-low-emission-zone?intcmp=22947

Stephen Knight AM, Chair of the Environment Committee, is available for interview. See contact details below.

As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

For more details, please contact Alison Bell in the Assembly Media Office on 020 7983 4228. For out-of-hours media enquiries please call 020 7983 4000 and ask for the Assembly duty press officer. Non-media enquiries should be directed to the Public Liaison Unit, Greater London Authority, on 020 7983 4100.