Commenting on the Mayor of London’s confirmation that the proposed Ultra Low Emission Zone will come into force in 2020, Labour’s London Assembly Environment Spokesperson Murad Qureshi AM said:
“Whilst welcome, today’s confirmation that the Ultra Low Emission Zone will be introduced in 2020 will come far too late for the 7,500 people a year who are estimated to die as a result of air pollution, London’s silent killer.
“Boris Johnson has had seven years to get to grips with the capital’s pollution problem yet on his watch progress has stalled despite growing medical evidence that it costs lives.
“By allowing all London boroughs to opt into the ULEZ, instead of limiting it to a small inner London zone as the Mayor proposes, we would be able to improve the air quality of the whole capital. Boris Johnson’s limited ambition, and the significant exemptions to the ULEZ, risk undermining its effectiveness and condemning vast swathes of the capital to an increasingly toxic future.”