London to be zero-emission zone by 2020?

Do motorcycles figure in Boris Johnson's plans?

LONDON Mayor Boris Johnson wants to make central London an Ultra Low Emission Zone by 2020, raising the possibility that motorcycles (and any other vehicle which is not zero/low-emission) could be shut out of the city. 

Johnson thinks establishing an ULEZ in the area covered by the central London Congestion Zone would help slash the city's air pollution levels, which currently exceed EU norms (inviting large fines) and are said to be the cause of 4,000 deaths a year. 

He said: 'My vision is a central zone where almost all the vehicles running during working hours are either zero or low emission. This would deliver incredible benefits in air quality and stimulate the delivery and mass use of low-emission technology.'

Of course, as Johnson won't even be around in 2020 (his term finishes in 2016) this could well be nothing more than a PR stunt to show that the government is thinking about the problem, or a challenge for his successor.

While the AA said it was a 'tight timetable', Clean Air In London's Simon Birkett said: '[Air pollution] is the biggest public health risk after smoking and we need bold action in two or three years, not seven or eight'.

It is unclear whether the 2020 plans will include more types of vehicles - the existing Low Emission Zone only applies to certain heavy vehicles (pick-ups, vans, minibuses, lorries and buses which run on diesel and were manufactured before 1 January 2002). 


central London an Ultra Low Emission Zone by 2020 in this pandemic phase, seems kind of impossible but best of luck for that.

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