Concern (Supplementary) [15]

Session date: 
June 20, 2012
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
Boris Johnson (Chair, TfL) and Sir Peter Hendy (Commissioner, TfL)

Question

OK. I will write to you and put that suggestion and give you some more time to be less defensive. If I can ask the Mayor, though, if we go on the basis of the last Health and Safety Environment Report by TfL, the targets for the nitrogen oxides (NOx) were missed for the third successive year and the targets for PM10s were missed for the second year running. How are you going to deal with this issue any differently than the previous term?

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Answer

Answer for Concern (Supplementary) [15]

Answer for Concern (Supplementary) [15]

Answered By: 
Boris Johnson (Chair, TfL) and Sir Peter Hendy (Commissioner, TfL)

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): Actually, contrary to some of the allegations that have been made about London's air quality, it has been improving. I think both on NOx and on PM10s we have made substantial progress, which is not something you would pick up listening necessarily to the Assembly. I understand that we need to go further and faster and I appreciate the care you take over this issue. What we are going to continue to do, to answer your point, is to invest in zero-carbon transport. We were the first administration to have the guts to put in an age limit for taxis. We have the lowest carbon bus in Europe virtually on the streets now, in fact, in the world. Is there a lower carbon hydrogen bus?

Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London): Not one that will run 18 hours a day, sir.