LCC joins call to phase out diesel

The London Cycling Campaign has today joined with other charities and organisations to call on the Mayor, Sadiq Khan to phase out diesel use in London.

The joint letter to the Mayor from Greenpeace, Medact, Friends of the Earth, Clean Air in London, Sustrans, Living Streets, Cycling UK, the Campaign for Better Transport, CIWEM, London Sustainability Exchange and LCC reads:

Dear Mayor Sadiq Khan,

2016 has been a year full of air pollution lowlights. The UK has the second highest number
of premature deaths in Europe owing to bad air quality. London has suffered multiple high
air pollution episodes. And the national government has been defeated in the high court for
failure to deal with air quality issues. There has never been a more urgent time to take
action.

We welcome your clear desire to deliver a step-change in tackling air pollution in London
by doubling the funding available and issuing air pollution alerts. And your proposals to
make the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) bigger and sooner, with related measures is a
good first step. At a minimum, we hope that the most robust version of these policies is
implemented.

At the same time, we also know that to tackle the problems of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and
nitrogen dioxide (NO2) in London and make our air safer, diesel vehicles will have to be
completely phased out. Almost 40% of London’s NOx comes from diesel vehicles on our
streets and over 90% of NO2 exhaust emissions. They are responsible for a range of
respiratory and cardiovascular diseases resulting in loss of workdays and increased health
costs.

There is an entire generation that is being exposed to potentially irreversible health impacts
from air pollution.

The announcement last week from the mayors of Paris, Madrid, Mexico City and Athens to
ban diesel vehicles by 2025, shows much needed international leadership. Of course,
governments should do more but there is no reason why London should not be joining this
initiative.

We, the undersigned, call on you to join the leading C40 Cities in committing to a ban on
diesel vehicles no later than 2025 to help clean up London’s air.