London mayor seeks new powers to police construction machineryStaff Writer | October 3, 2017
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has called on the Government to grant him additional powers so that he can effectively tackle non-road pollution sources in the capital.
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Since becoming Mayor, Sadiq has more than doubled investment in tackling air quality to £875 million over the next five years.
He has also introduced the boldest plans to tackle air pollution in the world, including a £10 Toxicity-Charge (T-Charge) which will start in October this year, the introduction of the world's first Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in 2019 (subject to consultation), and the cleaning up of London's public transport fleets such as buses and taxis so that they lead the way in ultra-low emission technology.
Sadiq has now written to Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, setting out the additional powers that he believes are required.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Non-transport sources contribute half of the deadly emissions in London so we need a hard-hitting plan of action to combat them similar to moves I am taking to reduce pollution from road vehicles.
“With more than 400 schools located in areas exceeding legal pollution levels, and such significant health impacts on our most vulnerable communities, we cannot wait any longer and I am calling on Government to provide the capital with the necessary powers to effectively tackle harmful emissions from a variety of sources.” ■