Timing of LEZ Phase III

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Reference: 
2009/3358
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

As the UK looks set to be liable for EU fines on air quality in 2011 it seems perverse of you to delay the introduction of the LEX phase III until 2012. This move could be seen as an attempt to kick the air quality issue in to the long grass for your sucessor to deal with. What is your response to such a view?

Answer

Answer for Timing of LEZ Phase III

Answer for Timing of LEZ Phase III

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Early in 2009 I announced my intention to suspend Phase III of the London LEZ which targeted polluting light goods vehicles and vans, which was due to be introduced in October 2010. I made this decision on the basis that taking account of the current economic downturn, the potential business costs and impacts on businesses to meet the Euro 3 standard by 2010 was far greater than when it was originally announced in 2007.

Having regard to this pressure and to allow operators more breathing space to comply I have chosen to defer introducing Phase III until 2012. This strikes an appropriate balance between environmental and economic objectives.

With the introduction of Phases I and II there was significant levels of pre-compliance amongst effected vehicles categories. I anticipate that this is likely to be the case with the introduction of Phase III.