Air Pollution

MQT on 2014-01-29
Session date: 
January 29, 2014
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Following press reports that the European Commission would start fining countries from 2020 if they fail to cut air pollution, and given that London has historically experienced some of the worst air quality in Europe, do you intend to bring forward measures in order to ensure London is not responsible for the U.K being fined by the E.U?


Answer for Air Pollution

Answer for Air Pollution

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Under my leadership London has already introduced amongst the most ambitious set of measures to tackle air pollution of any city in Europe. This includes introducing tighter standards for the Low Emission Zone, retiring more than 3,000 of the oldest most polluting taxis and building Europe's largest fleet of hybrid buses. In addition, I have allocated £20m to my Air Quality Fund to help boroughs tackle local hotspots.

I continue to build London's reputation as a global leader in tackling air pollution. On 16th January I announced that all new taxis being presented for licensing will have to be zero emission capable by 1st January 2018. Last year I announced plans for the world's first Ultra Low Emission Zone, to be introduced in central London from 2020.