Leading air pollution expert and a key contributor to the Capital’s latest ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ) proposals, Bureau Veritas has stated that such measures are vital to tackling London’s lethal level of air pollution.
On 30 November (2017), the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, launched two detailed proposals designed to extend the ULEZ scheme. These involve the toughening up of standards of the existing low emission zone from 2020 to include heavy vehicles (buses, coaches, HGVs), along with the inclusion of light vehicles (cars, vans and motorcycles, but not taxis) from Central London to inner London up to, but not including, the North and South Circular roads in 2021.
The proposals, now under public consultation until February 2018, will mean that all vehicles in the area are subject to the emissions standard – a move that Khan estimates could affect 100,000 cars a day, 35,000 vans, and 3,000 lorries.
This latest activity follows the recent introduction of a £10 T-Charge on older, more polluting vehicles in the Capital, as part of the Mayor’s ongoing plight to improve the city’s air quality.
Erwan Corfa, Technical Director for Air Quality at Bureau Veritas, comments: “Having assisted the strategic analysis team at Transport for London (TfL) over the past few years in preparation for the ULEZ consultation, the proposals have been designed to impel the very urgent action required to improve the Capital’s air quality.
“There is no doubt that the poor level of air quality in London presents a massive concern to the safety and wellbeing of residents. While of course, the required sea of change in the way we buy, use and even view vehicles simply cannot happen overnight, we believe the recommended measures constitute a huge leap in the right direction.”
Bureau Veritas works with organisations across a wide variety of sectors to offer expert air quality services and provide cost-effective solutions to issues such as poor air quality and perceived dust nuisance, creating a tailored programme which helps to control future levels through frequent testing and the development of dust management plans.
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