LONDON CONSIDERING CAR FREE DAYS TO TACKLE AIR POLLUTION

World Car News #Update

London is considering introducing car-free days in an attempt to tackle the city’s air pollution crisis that experts say is responsible for thousands of early deaths each year. 

At a meeting in City Hall, officials examined how best to roll out a ban across specific areas of the capital on different days this year – with “more ambitious plans” in the pipeline for 2019.

A spokeswoman for the mayor said: “The mayor is determined to do everything in his power to protect the health of Londoners and prioritize walking, cycling and public transport and reduce Londoners’ dependency on polluting cars.”

A source at City Hall said details were still being hammered out but they were hoping to introduce separate car-free days in each London borough this year, with the potential for city-wide car-free days next year.

“Tackling toxic emissions from the most polluting vehicles is a core part of the hard-hitting measures the mayor has introduced to help clean up London’s air, from delivering the Toxicity-Charge (T-Charge) in central London, to the early introduction of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone, and transforming the bus fleet.”

 

SOURCE:

The Guardian

TreeHugger

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