Monday 13 June 2016
Sadiq Khan today demanded that a share of road tax paid by Londoners be used to fund tougher steps to tackle toxic air pollution.
The Mayor of London urged George Osborne to give him control over vehicle excise duty rates so he can target vehicles spewing out poisonous fumes.
It comes days after Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin told the Standard the VED regime should be looked at as part of plans to clean up filthy air in London and other cities.
The Mayor also urged the Chancellor to fund a national diesel scrappage scheme, a move some ministers are reluctant to back on cost grounds.
He is also calling for a low emission vehicle “vignette” scheme to tell people buying cars how polluting they are, and for greater powers for City Hall and boroughs to tackle non-road mobile machinery belching out filthy fumes.
City Hall argues London could be meeting EU pollution rules earlier than the date of 2025 set out in the Government’s air quality plan, possibly by 2023, if new measures are adopted which would require more funding.
Mr Khan is consulting on a “T-charge” in central London — a levy on vehicles emitting the worst pollution which could come in next year. He is considering bringing forward the Ultra Low Emission Zone planned for 2020.