Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has called for a ban on all diesel cars in London city center, to aid the new Mayor Sadiq Khan’s plan for much improved air quality. It is claimed that our capital is falling way behind other major cities, and slipping from our own target of a 60% reduction by 2025, with a suggested eventual complete 0% emissions zone by 2050. In October 2015, a plan was introduced which set out the guidelines for a reduction in emissions, starting with an investment in public transport, advances in cycling safety and features and making all freight transport carbon free.
Almost 15% of all emissions in London come from road traffic, and the IPPR suggest that cutting out all diesel cars and buses will help the capital comply with EU clean air regulations. The first steps are all ready being taken to reduce the emissions from the city, with Transport for London (TFL) confirming that all taxis registered in 2018 must be zero emissions capable. The first of these vehicles will be launched by the end of 2017.
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Source – http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/industry/london-diesel-car-ban-gains-support – 19/07/2016