Air Quality Strategy 2

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Reference: 
2009/3486
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Your Air Quality strategy states that your decision to introduce Phase III of the LEZ is 'an appropriate balance between environmental and economic objectives.' (Page 49). Health concerns are not mentioned. Do you not consider the health implications of London's poor air quality important enough to consider as part of this decision?

Answer

Answer for Air Quality Strategy 2

Answer for Air Quality Strategy 2

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I am committed to improving the health and quality of life are the drivers behind the Air Quality Strategy. The decision to introduce LEZ phase III in 2012 represents a sensible balance between the need to improve air quality and helping small businesses during recession.

The Low Emission Zone and all its phases, continues to be an integral measure within the Air Quality Strategy that focuses on pollutant emissions from some of London's more individually polluting HGVs' buses and coaches.

However, in the current economic circumstances, the potential business costs for operators to meet the LEZ requirements in 2010 are more significant than when the LEZ was confirmed in 2007. The proposed deferral of the scheme for vans and mini buses allows operators more time to comply with the requirements and thus mitigates some of the potential negative impacts for businesses.

As part of the development of the Air Quality Strategy we are commissioning further research into the health impacts of poor health quality. This will inform the public consultation draft of the Strategy.