European Commission - infraction action

MQT on 2014-02-26
Session date: 
February 26, 2014
Question By: 
Stephen Knight
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What top three new initiatives will you launch in response to the prospect of escalating infraction action by the European Commission in relation to breaches of nitrogen dioxide limit values in London e.g. over three times the legal limit in Oxford Street?


Answer for European Commission - infraction action

Answer for European Commission - infraction action

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have already set out my proposals to improve air quality during my second term and beyond, including the world's first Ultra Low Emission Zone in central London by 2020, a fleet of 1,700 hybrid buses by 2016 and all newly licenced taxis having to be zero emission capable from 2018 with the first on our streets from next year.

However, I cannot solve London's air quality problem by myself. As set out in my Air Quality Strategy, the Government controls many of the most effective and proportionate levers, including the use of fiscal incentives to promote the use of the cleanest vehicles. While the measures above will take us some way to meeting the EU limit values it is essential these are complemented by action at the national and European level. This would also reflect the fact that large parts of the UK, including all its major cities, are exceeding NO2 limit values. This is clearly a national issue requiring a national solution.