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London mayor unveils ambitious clean-air plan

London Mayor Sadiq Khan is proposing to charge drivers of older polluting cars a fee, among other measures aimed at cleaning the city's air. (Martin Hoscik /

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has unveiled a sweeping action plan for cleansing the city’s filthy air. A publication called blue & green tomorrow reports that the proposals represent “the biggest crackdown by any major city around the world.”

A £10 charge ($13 U. S.) would be imposed on older, heavily polluting vehicles registered before 2005 when they enter the city, the article says. The fee would be in addition to the Congestion Charge that already applies to vehicles driven into central London.

The mayor wants to debut an Ultra-Low Emissions Zone one year earlier than previously planned, in 2019, and extend it beyond the city center. Vehicles could access the zone if they meet strict emissions requirements or pay a fee. The plan also would roll out cleaner double-decker buses more quickly than previously envisioned.

The city has set a July 29 deadline for the initial round of public comment. Some measures could be instituted as early as 2017.  

London-based blue & green tomorrow’s mission is to help sustainable businesses flourish. Learn more here.


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