Cut red tape and costs to improve air quality

Transport for London (TfL) has warned that red tape and costs “must be minimised” for commercial fleets targeted with improving air quality. The capital, which could become a blueprint for other UK pollution hotspots, is due to be the world’s first clean-air zone from September 2020. However, the new mayor of London has drawn up proposals that could see the so-called ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ) introduced a year earlier than expected, and more than double in size. Sadiq Khan is proposing the new zone would stretch from north to south circular roads. Under existing plans it was due to only apply to the current congestion charge zone, with drivers of non-compliant cars having to pay £12.50 per day to enter. But Khan now wants to add an additional premium to the congestion charge for the most polluting vehicles from 2017. “I have been elected…