Concern (Supplementary) [21]

Session date: 
June 20, 2012
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
Boris Johnson (Chair,TfL)


Mr Mayor, it is interesting that in the central London context there is an alliance of local authorities across the political spectrum from the City of Westminster to Camden to the City of London which actually thinks more radical measures have to be taken, like dropping the age of vehicles from 15 to 10.

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Answer for Concern (Supplementary) [21]

Answer for Concern (Supplementary) [21]

Answered By: 
Boris Johnson (Chair,TfL)

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): Which vehicles?

Murad Qureshi (AM): The cabs as well as buses. That will be highlighted, probably, on 3 July when we have a session of the Assembly's Health and Environment Committee. But if I can just bring you nearer to events around the Olympics, I do not like to think of you as an IOC lackey, but that sometimes comes over. Are you reassured that we comply with their requirements on air quality as required right from the outset?

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): We comply with the IOC, so I have no doubt that we will, yes. I think Peter is right. There is probably no other urban transport authority in the world that is doing so much to tackle air quality.

Murad Qureshi (AM): I do not doubt that but it is just that the reality of what we signed up for is a major improvement in ozone pollution, which does not actually get a look-in when we talk about pollution and it should do if you are talking about --

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): Ozone pollution?

Murad Qureshi (AM): Yes. Actually, they want us --

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): We have too much ozone?

Murad Qureshi (AM): Yes. That is what they are saying. That is their particular concern. They actually wanted us to achieve World Health Organisation levels by 2010.

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): Who did? The IOC?

Murad Qureshi (AM): Yes. I just hope we measure up to those targets.

Boris Johnson (Mayor of London): I know that the IOC will be doing their absolute maximum to improve air quality in London by taking the Tube and our low-carbon buses rather than driving in limos.