Mayor's Report Update & Questions (Supplementary) [3]

Session date: 
May 22, 2002
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


In view of Westminster's shameless piece of political opportunism, which apparently isn't supported by their voters and also is exceptionally lazy because they've based almost their entire objections on the TfL document that's already been produced for general release, would you agree that this is perhaps the time to fast-track the whole idea of a low emission zone, because this would, at least, allay the fears of the inhabitants of Westminster and all the other peripheral boroughs?


Answer for Mayor's Report Update & Questions (Supplementary) [3]

Answer for Mayor's Report Update & Questions (Supplementary) [3]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Well, I think I made absolutely clear that it is my intention that if it's legally and physically possible to do, we should move towards a low emission zone for London and we might be able to get there as early 2004, but I'd assume by 2005. But we'll find the same problems that we've had now with congestion charging. Whilst everyone's been in agreement in principle on the broad idea, once we get the full study, which has just begun, which will throw up the problems, I'm sure there will be interest groups who will object and I should imagine we will most probably find a judicial review if we decide to proceed. Therefore, we can't jump this study that's now being done; the study will throw up the problems and I think the biggest one remains that we will need the co-operation of government, because firms in London will need a tax break for the replacement of their vehicles, which the Westminster study estimated would cost £0.5 billion. But we will get there.