Cyclists & air pollution

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2009
Reference: 
2009/1910
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Have you considered the valid concerns of cyclists regarding the negative effects of air pollution when you cancelled the mid-year emission test for black cabs and when you decided to suspend the third phase of LEZ? What dialogue did you or you officers have with cycling groups on this?

Answer

Answer for Cyclists & air pollution

Answer for Cyclists & air pollution

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Public Carriage Office figures showed that mid-year inspections did not achieve their aims of raising standards or improving the pass rate for annual inspections. The removal of the mid-year inspections was subject to public consultation last summer. The proposed suspension of the third phase of the LEZ would also be subject to consultation, during which any views from cyclists will be heard.

The Public Carriage Office (PCO) consulted widely on the proposal to abolish taxi mid-year safety inspections. Cycling groups were not directly consulted, however, London TravelWatch, the Department for Transport and all London local authorities were consulted as were all GLA Assembly Members. The consultation also contained the following paragraph:

'This consultation is being sent to the organisations and individuals listed in the Annex to this document. If you think any other organisation or person should see it, please let the PCO know'.