Commenting on the news that Oxford Street has today breached the nitrogen dioxide hourly limit value set for the whole of 2015, Murad Qureshi AM said:
“This news illustrates just how dangerous London’s air has become. The hourly limit value exists for a reason; to protect Londoners as we know air pollution costs lives. We know from recent figures that 7,500 lives in the capital are lost prematurely every year, that simply isn’t acceptable.
“The Mayor will be quick to claim everything is alright but when the year’s quota for nitrogen dioxide emissions on Oxford Street has been breached after only five days, there is something seriously wrong.
“As the Mayor devotes more of his attention to a return to Parliament, he is set to leave a toxic legacy for Londoners. We need a far more ambitious agenda to tackle air pollution. That includes a bigger and stricter Ultra Low Emission Zone than is being currently proposed with the option of all London borough’s being able to join. As this news illustrates, maintaining the status quo simply isn’t an option anymore.”