Low Emission Zone

Meeting: 
MQT on 2008-05-21
Session date: 
May 21, 2008
Reference: 
2008/0803
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Will you roll out the next stage of the Low Emission Zone in July and do you intend to expand the LEZ to include heavy vans in 2010? If not, how do you propose to improve air quality and cut carbon emissions from traffic in London?

Answer

Answer for Low Emission Zone

Answer for Low Emission Zone

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am committed to improving air quality in London, and therefore, from the 7th of July 2008, the LEZ will be extended to cover lorries over 3.5 tonnes and buses and coaches over 5 tonnes with more than nine seats. The current plans are that the LEZ will be further extended to include heavy vans and minibuses from 2010. We will take the opportunity to review the details of the proposals in order to ensure that the benefits are delivered; whilst the impact on organisations and individuals is understood and managed appropriately. I am committed to ensuring that LEZ does not impact on the provision of ambulance services or impose additional costs on ambulance service providers, which is why I pledged to exempt them during the campaign, and I am in urgent discussions with TfL to ensure this happens.