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‘Ban diesel cars within a decade’

Islington environment chief calls on Mayor Khan to take bold action

24 March, 2017 — By Joe Cooper

Cllr Claudia Webbe: ‘It is encouraging that the Mayor is determined to tackle the issue’

DIESEL cars should be banned across London within a decade, the Town Hall has said.

Environment chief Claudia Webbe has called on Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to take bold action and join cities such as Paris, Madrid and Mexico City in banning diesel vehicles entirely by 2025.

Islington Council is the first authority in the capital to call for such action.

Responding to the Mayor’s latest consultation on air quality, Cllr Webbe said: “It is encouraging that the Mayor is determined to tackle the issue, and we will do everything we can to help him achieve these aims.

“But I am urging him to go further still and commit to brave, truly life-changing measures.”

A spokesman for Mr Khan said: “The Mayor is delivering hard-hitting measures to rid London of the dirtiest diesel long before 2025, the most ambitious of any world city.

“The Mayor has been clear that nothing is off the table – he is using all of the tools available to him to tackle this public health emergency now, but the government needs to step up to the mark and introduce a diesel scrappage fund.”

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