Sadiq Khan urged to introduce ‘paymile’ road charge in London | Evening Standard
Joe Talora 3-4 minutes
Motorists in London should be charged based on how many miles they drive to tackle poor air quality and plug the gap in TfL’s finances, according to a leading thinktank.
The Centre for London has called on TfL and the Mayor of London to introduce the measure following the publication of new data from City Hall about the impact of poor air quality.
The City Hall analysis found that BAME Londoners and those in poorer areas were more likely to suffer the effects of poor air quality, with nitrogen dioxide levels up to 13% higher in the most deprived areas of the capital compared with the least deprived.
While clean air initiatives such as the ULEZ have seen that gap shrink by almost 50% since 2016, there are growing calls for more to be done to tackle to root causes of air pollution.
But Claire Harding, research director at Centre for London, has said that TfL and the mayor need to “go further”, adding that it is “simply unacceptable that tens of thousands of Londoners still breathe illegally polluted air”.