Have your say on Mayor’s air quality plan

Published: Friday 8th July 16

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has launched a consultation on a new Clean Air Action plan which will run until Friday 29th July 2016.

Proposals include:

  • Implementing a £10 Emissions Surcharge (called the ‘T-charge’) on the most polluting vehicles entering central London from 2017.  The charge would apply to all vehicles with pre-Euro 4 emission standards (broadly speaking those registered before 2005) and will cost an extra £10 per day on top of the existing Congestion Charge.
  • Introducing the central London Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) one year earlier than planned, in 2019
  • Extending the ULEZ beyond central London from 2020: for motorcycles, cars and vans, to the North and South Circular; and for lorries, buses and coaches London-wide
  •  Developing a detailed proposal for a national diesel scrappage scheme for Government to implement
  •  Bringing forward the requirement for all double–deck buses to be ULEZ-compliant in central London from 2020 to 2019
  • Implementing clean bus corridors – tackling the worst pollution hotspots by delivering cleaner buses on the dirtiest routes

This will be the first stage of the Mayor’s Clean Air consultation with later stages focusing on more detailed assessment around the £10 Emissions Surcharge (‘T-Charge’) and ULEZ. The next stage is due in the autumn.

To view the consultation and have your say visit www.london.gov.uk/cleanair

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Recent comments

I don't think the T charge should include <500cc motorbikes pre 2005 because in comparison to even modern cars the emissions are tiny. Diesel from buses, lorries and cars are the biggest offenders and this should be tackled first. Older Petrol cars should be exempt including all classic cars per 1980, as there are too few to make a difference.
Bridget Cassey

19 July 2016

@Camilla Motorists are not the enemy, but it's about time that they start paying for the disruption and inconvenience they cause to everybody else. I've been subsidising everyone else's driving habits for long enough by now.. I for one am very glad that Sadiq is taking the toxic air in this city seriously and is willing to make impopular decisions to fix it.

17 July 2016

Why on earth in your survey have you used theAmerican system of dates? I have just spent 15 minutes trying to get my dob accepted and it being declared invalid!!!!!! You will lose a lot of responses this way!!!! This is the UK - pl use our system of day/month/year!!!!
C tibbs

16 July 2016

any air assessments MUST incllude pollution from aircraft. That always seems to be left out.
Carol Tibbs

16 July 2016

air quality is a big issue for me-i live in tooting and have noticed on my walks how many trees are missing along the roads-also places where trees could be planted -so greening london would help as well
michael gilfrin

16 July 2016

Good grief , Another attack on the long suffering motorist . So the mayor wants to drive us off the road . What about people like me that need a vehicle to transport tools etc for the job i do .Yes get rid of the outdated buses etc that belch out clouds of black smoke, but just for once leave the ordinary car driver alone PS i drive a non smoking diesel vehicle
john fowler

15 July 2016

This is long overdue. London has very poor air quality and it is time to clamp down on the polluters. If London is to remain a great city to live in then it must be a HEALTHY city. Transport is a key contributor to pollution so must be cleaned up. Cars, buses and lorries are obvious and must be forced to clean up, but also freight trains that cross the city are mostly ancient diesel engines. They should be required to conform too (this also applies nationally). Penalising dirty vehicles is the best way to get owners to upgrade. Extending the Congestion Charge will help to reduce unnecessary car journeys and hence help improve air quality. Don't delay.
Camilla Ween

15 July 2016

Extending the congestion charging zone to the North and South Circulars is a very bad idea for several reasons: 1. When it was extended before it simply gave a discount to half of London and congestion got worse not better. 2. It is a very expensive and unfair tax on London motorists, we are not the enemy do not treat us like one. 3. When Ken Livingstone proposed it he was very quickly thrown out by the voters - bear this in mind Mr Khan you will be making a lot od enemies.
Frances Danks

15 July 2016

TYPOs must be checked before publication please. "Have you say on Mayor’s air quality plan Published: Friday 8th July 16"
Celia Blair

8 July 2016