Ultra-low emission zone

All vehicles driving in central London during business hours will have to be zero or low-emission, under new plans for an ultra-low emission zone.

Boris's plan to improve air quality

Boris Johnson has announced a revolution to improve the capital's air quality.

If it went ahead it would be the biggest change to London's roads since the Congestion Charge came in a decade ago.

The Mayor wants what's called an "ultra-low emission zone" by 2020 - banning cars, buses or lorries that don't have low or zero emission engines.

But will the technology and the money be ready for such a bold plan in just seven years?

Our Political Correspondent Simon Harris reports.

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Green Party: this is why emission problem is urgent

The Green Party has published this picture, claiming that is shows "why we need a very low emission zone for central London ASAP, not in 2020".

It is a map of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) pollution in the congestion charging zone, put together by Assembly Member Jenny Jones.

It is based on NO2 emissions modelling carried out by Kings College London, not on actual readings.

Map of nitrogen dioxide pollution in the congestion zone. Credit: Green Party

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Green Party urges Boris to move quicker on emissions

The Green Party says that London has been breaking European air pollution limits for nitrogen dioxide since 2010.

London Assembly Member Jenny Jones welcomed the announcement of an ultra-low emission zone - but urged the mayor to move much more quickly.

“This is excellent news for Londoners' health, but leaving it as a project for the next Mayor to deliver is a way of ducking responsibility for the problems we're facing now. We have argued for years that the Mayor’s list of little measures is inadequate and that an ultra low emission zone was essential.

"It's already too late for our breaking the European legal limits, but if we are to clean up London's dirty air we need this zone now, with a zero emission target. I urge the Mayor to be brave, drop his planned backward steps on the 2015 measures and make the big changes happen by the end of this year."

– Jenny Jones, Green Party member of the London Assembly.

Boris: new emission zone is a "game changer" for quality of life

"Creating the world’s first big city ultra low emission zone has the potential to be a game changing moment in the quality of life of our great capital. My vision is a central zone where almost all the vehicles running during working hours are either zero or low emission. This would deliver incredible benefits in air quality and stimulate the delivery and mass use of low emission technology.”

– Boris Johnson, Mayor of London

2020 date set for ultra-low emission zone

Boris Johnson says he intends to introduce the ultra-low emission zone from 2020.

By that time, City Hall says, all central London buses will be hybrid vehicles, zero-emission taxis will be running on the capital's streets, low-emission options for freight will be available and electric cars may be in far greater use.

The Mayor says his proposal will act as a challenge for car manufacturers to develop more affordable low-emission vehicles.

Plans for ultra-low emission zone in central London

Our Political Correspondent Simon Harris is tweeting from a press conference on traffic congestion and air pollution at City Hall.

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Boris Johnson announces plans for an ultra-low emission zone in central London. @itvlondon

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All vehicles driving in central London during business hours would be zero or low emission. @itvlondon