Air Quality- London

MQT on 2005-06-22
Session date: 
June 22, 2005
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Can you update the Assembly on which of London's roads have already breached the European Union limits on Air Quality? Can you outline the new measures which you, or the Government, will be taking to cut traffic, ban the dirtiest vehicles and encourage cleaner vehicles immediately? When do you believe that London and the UK will be able to come back into compliance with EU law and what specific actions will be taken to ensure that this happens sooner, rather than later? Can you identify any ways in which air quality has changed the plans for any major development in London and will it do so in the future?


Answer for Air Quality- London

Answer for Air Quality- London

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The European Union limits on air quality, notably for 24-hour average concentrations of particulate matter (PM10), was breached at the Marylebone Road air quality monitoring site in May. At this time, no other monitoring stations have breached the EU limits on air quality, although it is possible that other sites in London may exceed these limits later in 2005. I am working hard to reduce emissions from road transport. This includes: - implementing a Low Emission Zone, which will ban the most polluting lorries, buses and coaches from London's streets, - my Taxi Emission Strategy which will make London's 20,000 black cabs meet stringent emission limits, - my TfL Bus improvement programme, including the trial of three zero-emission hydrogen powered buses, - encouraging Londoner's to keep their vehicles well maintained, by running a discounted maintenance scheme, in parallel with a roadside vehicle emission testing programme, and - working with the boroughs to ensure local improvements. I am also working with Government to get their support for initiatives such as the LEZ, to address pollution from outside London, and to consider current and new ways to lower air pollution and address breaches of the EU Air Quality Limits. As air pollution is affected by a number of different factors, including the weather, it is hard to predict when we will meet the EU Requirements. However, I am working hard to address the factors which I have some influence over, especially pollution emissions in London. I am continuing to implement my Air Quality Strategy, which takes forward proposals to improve air quality in London. In addition my officers are meeting with Government officials to consider new ways to lower air pollution and address breaches of the EU Air Quality Limits.The London Plan includes policies on reducing pollution emissions, and these air quality policies influence the proposals for major developments in London. I strive to reduce air pollution or exposure from proposed developments, by recommending conditions to the boroughs and confirming their inclusion, as part of my statutory planning duties.