Sadiq Khan urged to introduce ‘pay-per-mile’ road charge in London

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Author To deal with the poor in London to be charged based on how many miles they drive air quality and plug the gap TfLAccording to K Finance, a leading thinktank.

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The Center of London has called on TfL and the Mayor of London to launch measures following the publication of new data from City Hall about the impact of poor air quality.

NS city ​​hall analysis found that BAME London and those living in poorer areas were more likely to suffer from the effects of poor air quality, with nitrogen dioxide levels up to 13 percent higher in the most deprived areas of the capital than the least deprived.

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While clean air initiatives such as ultra-low emission zones have seen the gap shrink by nearly 50 percent since 2016, there is a growing demand for more to be done to tackle the root causes of air pollution.

Ultra-low emission zone will be expanded from October 25 To cover areas up to the north and south circular roads which will benefit approximately 3.8 million more Londoners.

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But Claire Harding, research director at the Center for London, has said TfL and Mayer need to “move on”, adding that it is “simply unacceptable that tens of thousands of Londoners still breathe polluted air illegally”. .

She said: “Transport to London should go further and adopt a pay-per-mile road user charging scheme that will provide cleaner air, increase walking and cycling, and reduce congestion, as well as TfL will provide a substantial income stream to help plug its finances.”

Sadiq Khan has said it is “more determined than ever” to “send air pollution into the history books” and reiterated that the expansion of ULEZ later this month aims to provide a “cleaner, greener and better city”. “Critical Step”. .

But plans to reduce the hours of operation for congestion charge zones – another clean air initiative – have raised fears that traffic in central London will increase significantly.

TfL has recently concluded a consultation on proposals to reduce the hours of operation of the C-Charge zone from 7 am to 7 pm, seven days a week and to 6 pm on weekends.

Several respondents to the consultation, including the Center for London, have expressed concern about the reduction in operating hours and have suggested a “simpler, smarter and better system of road user charging” as an alternative.

Sadiq Khan has so far opposed the introduction of a system of road user charging at City Hall by members of the Green Party and Liberal Democrat Assembly, preferring the expansion of the ULEZ.

But with the expansion of the ULEZ and a change to the C-Charge to be introduced in early 2022, Mr Khan will be asked at the mayor’s question hour this week about the next step in cleaning up London’s air.

Following the publication of the City Hall analysis on Tuesday, Mr Khan unveiled plans to install 60 air quality sensors around London to “empower” communities concerned about toxic air.

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