Mayor Begins Three-day London Pollution 'Crisis' Alert

January 18, 2017

According to King's College London's London Air Quality Network, London saw 'very high' levels of air pollution in areas including Vauxhall and Brent Park.

AirTEXT issued high air pollution alerts for eight boroughs, including the City of London, Hammersmith and Fulham, Hounslow, Kensington and Chelsea, Kingston upon Thames, Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth and Westminster.

During high pollution episodes, government advice stipulates children and adults with lung or heart problems should reduce strenuous activity. People with asthma may need to use their inhaler more often and older people should also reduce physical exertion.

Mayor

Sadiq Khan commented: "The extent of our air quality crisis means that I have today triggered a London-wide air quality alert, ensuring Londoners have all the information possible. It's crucial that Londoners who are vulnerable, such as asthma sufferers, are able to take appropriate measures to protect themselves.

"At City Hall, we will keep on delivering the most ambitious programme to tackle air quality anywhere in the world, including the T-charge later this year, bringing forward the ULEZ and cleaning up our bus fleet.

The Mayor also called on the government to take action. He said: "By funding a national diesel scrappage scheme, reforming vehicle excise duty and bringing in a new Clean Air Act the Government could finally prove that they match our ambition. This requires all levels of Government to work together as an urgent priority to finally tackle the problem once and for all."

'Scandal'

Reacting to the announcement, Friends of the Earth London campaigner, Sophie Neuburg said: "It's a scandal that millions of people, in one of the richest cities in the world, are regularly forced to breathe toxic air.

"The mayor is right to alert people to the threat this pollution poses to their health, and has already taken some steps to tackle the issue, but far more needs to be done.

"Sadiq Khan must follow the lead of Paris, Athens and Madrid and commit to banning dirty diesel from London by 2025.

"Air pollution is a huge public health threat – it's time to stop tinkering under the bonnet and give transport policy a complete overhaul."

Ministers concede more action is needed on air quality

Government ministers have conceded that more action is needed to address air quality issues in the UK, in response to a call for action from a committee of MPs.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs minister, Therese Coffey, and John Hayes, Department for Transport minister made the concession in a letter to the Environment Food and Rural Affairs Committee (Efra ) last week, which was published by the Committee.

This came after the Efra Committee chairman Neil Parish had written to the ministers demanding action on air quality following a 'disappointing' hearing on the issue in the House of Commons.

In their response, the ministers said that they "are acutely aware that more needs to be done to address current poor air quality" but assured the issue is a "top priority."

The ministers said that the "most immediate challenge is to tackle local pollution hot-spots caused by vehicle emissions" and that they are developing a revised national plan for reducing local concentrations of air pollutants.

Last year, the government's Air Quality Plan was quashed for the second time in 18 months in a court case brought by environmental law firm ClientEarth, after its emissions modelling was found to be 'too optimistic'.

At the air quality hearing last month, Mr Hayes described the court case as "a wake-up call."

The government has said it will consult on a revised plan by 24 April and have a final plan in place by the end of July 2017.

The letter also noted that the UK, along with the rest of Europe, "has shown international leadership on reducing air pollution" by committing to binding targets by 2020 and 2030. The ministers said this legislation will be incorporated into UK legislation by the end of 2018.

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