Diesel Exhaust across London

MQT on 2013-07-17
Session date: 
July 17, 2013
Question By: 
Stephen Knight
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Further to your recent commitment to introduce an Ultra Low Emission Zone, will you undertake to eliminate diesel exhaust from the most polluted parts of London by 2020?


Answer for Diesel Exhaust across London

Answer for Diesel Exhaust across London

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have set out my ambition for an Ultra Low Emission Zone in central London by 2020. As part of their feasibility study, I have asked TfL to consider air quality issues associated with the rapid dieselisation of the car fleet and how these could be addressed through the scheme.

This would be in addition to the steps I have already taken, such as replacing the old Congestion Charging Green Vehicle Discount with a tighter Ultra Low Emission Discount. To qualify, vehicles must meet both a Euro 5 standard and emit less than 75g CO2/km.

I have also called for the Government to follow my lead and consider both air pollutant emissions and carbon savings when designing any incentives to support the uptake of low emission vehicles.