Exclusive: Mayor of London preparing additional measures to target toxic air
The mayor said he would “micro-target” hotspots in the outer suburbs beyond the north and south circular roads and said there is “nothing” in terms of future restrictions on vehicle use.
Mr Khan has opposed the demands of environmental campaigners ulejo To cover all 33 cities.
But in an interview with , he clarified that he wanted clean air for all Londoners, which he saw as a matter of “social justice”.
His remarks came as he was confirmed on Wednesday as the new chairman of the C40 network of nearly 100 world cities committed to action on climate change.
Mr Khan said: “If so, a few months after the expansion, there are still parts of London outside the North Circular/South Circular within Greater London that need additional support, we can micromanage those areas.” will target.
“We think we can reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 30 percent across London.” [as a result of] expansion, but nothing is off the table with respect to future progress being made.
“If we don’t get to zero carbon by 2030, we will have fewer people with permanently underdeveloped lungs, fewer people dying prematurely and fewer people with health problems from asthma, cancer to heart disease.”
The Ulysses widened on Monday into an area 18 times larger than the current central London area, with an estimated 135,000 motorists facing a £12.50 levy a day – around £12 per day in levies and fines for transport to London produces 2m.
“Micro-targeting” may include allowing only zero-emissions vehicles to use certain roads at peak times, as introduced by the City of London Corporation at the Barbican and by Hackney Council in Shoreditch.
Mr Khan also expects Ulez – which will operate 24/7, 364 days a year – to cut traffic, which now exceeds pre-pandemic levels in parts of the capital. “Absolutely – I don’t apologize for that,” he said.
In central London, the number of vehicles dropped by about 24,000 a day when the Ulez was launched. Mr. Khan said: “You imagine if we can replicate this inside the North Circular and South Circular. It would be amazing with respect to the reduction in vehicular emissions.”
He said it would be “absurd” for Londoners to retain a non-compliant vehicle for use only in outer London.
His goal is to make 80 percent travel by sustainable means by 2041. Last year it fell from 63 percent to 57 percent as a result of the pandemic as Londoners were back in their cars.
“What we want to do, especially for short trips, is to motivate people to walk, cycle, use public transport,” he said.
“Now there’s an incentive – not only clean air, but active travel makes you fitter but you’re also saving £12.50.”
He estimates that the launch, which has been made to coincide with low traffic levels over the school half-term, will be a “smooth landing” due to years of preparations by Transport for London.
The new range was chosen because it was “practical” in terms of camera infrastructure, and because Mr Khan was unwilling to delay his plans until it was possible to cover the whole of Greater London. He said he didn’t want to “wait for perfection”.
More than 80 percent of the vehicles moving within the zone are already Ulez-compliant. All motorists seen in the area should have received letters warning of the launch, along with a TV and advertising promotional blitz. “Nobody can complain that they don’t know about it,” he said.
The mayor said he was more interested in seeing the Ule extension hasten to replace it and succeeding the congestion charge in the form of “smart” road pricing, which would vary by travel time and distance.
“My point is: you have to make sure you get the plans you’ve got,” he said. “If it goes wrong, it makes our chances of being bold really tough.
“Smart road-user charging: We are reviewing it. We have TfL guys talking to a lot of people who are doing this. I had to say: it’s not ready with respect to the technology I’ve seen. Forget rolling it out. “