Air pollution is a major concern for patients with respiratory disease. It has hit the headlines several times this year with shocking figures on the estimated number of excess deaths from this preventable problem. PLAN are therefore excited by the focus on air pollution by new London Mayor, Sadiq Khan.
His proposals include:
bring 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 – find out more
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.
To have your say on the proposals, take part in the air quality survey on the Mayor of London website (it only takes around 10 minutes).
Read more about air pollution in London, and its’ relevance for our patients.
Environmental Research Group, Kings College London