Boris Johnson targets diesel drivers to cut air pollution

The Mayor of London has unveil details of a new “air quality manifesto” which will include plans to charge diesel car users an additional £10 to drive into the centre of the capital. 

Giving a keynote speech at Mansion House, Boris Johnson confirmed plans to create the world’s first Ultra Low-Emission Zone (ULEZ); encouraging all vehicles in central London to be ultra-low or zero emissions from 2020.

“Improving London’s air quality is an urgent challenge,” Johnson said. “It affects the health and well-being of all Londoners, and it simply cannot be put on hold. Here at City Hall we are doing everything in our power to address it. 

“At the heart of this are my plans for the world’s first Ultra Low Emission Zone in central London from 2020. This will be a game-changer, but with just a little more energy, ambition and action from Westminster and from Brussels, London can meet the EU limits for NO2 by 2020. It is possible, and together we can make it happen.” 

The £10 charge will be in additional to the congestion charge, which is currently priced at £11.50. It is expected to come into force in 2020 and will apply to drivers of diesel vehicles along with petrol cars registered before 2006. Diesel vehicles that meet the Euro 6 emissions standard will be exempt from the charge. 




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