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Thursday, 28 July 2016

"Make sure you have your say on Mayor’s pollution proposals" — Caroline Russell, London Assembly Member

Caroline Russell is one of two London Assembly Members represented by Proportional Representation to represent all of London for the Green Party of England & Wales. As she and the other Green Party London Assembly Member Siân Berry operate to 'hold the London Mayor to account', one of Caroline Russell's main responsibilities is tackling air pollution.

Air pollution has obvious health and safety implications for people in general, especially for people with respiratory problems. Cyclists and pedestrians, too, of course! Caroline Russell AM (Assembly Member) writes:

Make sure you have your say on Mayor’s pollution proposals

The Mayor of London has recently announced an initial consultation on new charges on the most polluting cars in central London and the expansion of the proposed Ultra Low Emission Zone across the whole of inner London up to the boundaries of the North and South Circular. Make sure you have your sayThe deadline for public responses is Friday 29th July 2016.
The Mayor’s proposals include:
  • bringing the implementation of the central London Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) forward by one year to 2019
  • expanding the ULEZ beyond central London in 2020
  • introducing a new Emissions Surcharge from 2017 for the most polluting vehicles entering central London
  • giving TfL the go-ahead to start looking at a diesel scrappage scheme as part of a wider national scheme run by the government
  • keeping Londoners better informed and alerted when pollution is at its worst
  • making sure TfL leads by example by cleaning up its bus fleet and buying only hybrid or zero emission double-decker buses from 2018.
The Mayor will undertake a further, more detailed consultation later this year.
No more delays on clean air
My overriding concern is to ensure the new Mayor of London takes the range of actions necessary to deliver safe breathable air for all Londoners and to bring London’s air within legal limits in the shortest time possible, and by 2020 at the latest....

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