LEZ and Commercial River Traffic

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-01-20
Session date: 
January 20, 2016
Reference: 
2016/0085
Question By: 
Darren Johnson
Organisation: 
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Why does the Mayor not have any LEZ for commercial vessels on the River Thames and does the Mayor agree that a strategy to bring commercial river vessels into line with restrictions placed on road and Non-Road Mobile Machinery (NRMM) is urgently required?

Answer

Answer for LEZ and Commercial River Traffic

Answer for LEZ and Commercial River Traffic

Answered By: 
The Mayor

It is not currently in my jurisdiction to introduce a Low Emission Zone for vessels on the Thames. Although river transport emissions represent less than 1% of NOx and PM emissions in Greater London, we must continue to address this source and I have asked my officers to raise this issue with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Government and representatives from the European Commission.

The new London Atmospheric Emissions Inventory published in the spring will contain up to date activity data from the Port of London Authority and changes in international and EU shipping legislation, which will enable us to examine the impact of river transport in ever more detail. In the meantime, I am continuing to take steps to reduce emissions from services where I have the greatest influence. For example, I have specified ultra-low sulphur diesel fuel and the installation of diesel particulate filters on Woolwich Ferry vessels to reduce PM emissions by a further 90%.