Toxic Air (1)

Meeting: 
MQT on 2016-06-22
Session date: 
June 22, 2016
Reference: 
2016/2029
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold OBE
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Given recent claims that the previous Mayor apparently supressed a report demonstrating that 82% of schools in areas that exceed EU air pollution limits have a disproportionately large number of pupils from deprived households, what assurances can you give me that you will act quickly to protect the health of my constituents in North-East London?

Answer

Answer for Toxic Air (1)

Answer for Toxic Air (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I was elected on a mandate to improve air quality, which kills the equivalent of almost 10,000 of our fellow Londoners each year. In my first week in office I announced a policy consultation on a major package of measures to tackle air pollution which I expect to launch in the coming weeks.

These measures include consulting on proposals to extend the Ultra Low Emission Zone to the North and South Circular Roads and the possibility of bringing forward elements of the original proposals earlier than 2020. This would be complemented by a proposed requirement for heavy vehicles to meet the ULEZ standards (i.e. Euro VI) across London by 2020.

To ensure action is taken as soon as possible, and to give an early signal to Londoners about the need to tackle vehicles like diesel, which are disproportionately polluting, I am considering an extra charge on the most polluting vehicles entering central London from 2017. Transport for London (TfL) will also lead by example, expanding and accelerating its efforts to reduce emissions from the bus fleet. 

These measures, when combined with support and national action from Government, will ensure London meets EU legal standards for air quality as soon as possible while improving public health and reducing inequalities.