Responding to reports that the Mayor of London will impose a £10 charge on diesel vehicles driven into central London, London Assembly Labour Group Environment Spokesperson, Murad Qureshi AM, said:
“Air pollution is a silent killer in London - more than 4,000 people die prematurely in our city each year due to poor air quality. But today’s announcement is half-baked. Instead of banning diesel vehicles completely from an Ultra-Low Emissions Zone, the Mayor is simply fining them £10 for the privilege. And by not implementing this until 2020, Boris is kicking the problem into the long grass.
“By that time, Boris will have left City Hall four years previously, and around 51,000 Londoners will have died prematurely since he took office in 2008. London needs bold action now. The Mayor should bring forward these proposals from 2020 to an earlier date.”