IPPR suggests new air quality regulations for London

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Think tank IPPR has unveiled a new plan to help the London Mayor and Government cut air pollution.
The IPPR has proposed that the Mayor of London should phase out diesel cars in inner London by the end of the next mayoral term; consider a charge on all non-zero emissions cars in inner London by 2025, with action on buses, vans and lorries too; phase out diesel taxis by 2025; and ensure revenues raised by road charging are reinvested into the public transport network, car sharing, cycling, walking and other sustainable options.
The organisation said this would need to be complemented by a new Clean Air Act that targets air pollution; a diesel scrappage scheme to make the phase out affordable for poorer drivers and businesses and a reform of road tax so diesel vehicles are not promoted over petrol.
Commenting on the report, Claire Haigh, Chief Executive of Greener Journeys, said: “Air quality is one of the biggest issues facing the capital and Greener Journeys welcomes these proposals from IPPR. If the Government is to have any chance of reaching its emissions targets, it must introduce new measures to make it more expensive and less convenient to drive.”