London's mayor wants a total ban on petrol and diesel vehicles

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Sadiq Khan today sounded the death knell for the internal combustion engine with proposals for a total ban on petrol and diesel vehicles in Greater London.

The Mayor's new transport strategy outlined plans for a 'Zero Emissions Zone' in the capital by 2050.

The document included a series of radical measures to encourage Londoners to abandon their cars and take up walking and cycling.

The key points are:

  • Petrol and Diesel engines banned in London from 2050

  • Central London to be a 'zero emission zone' by 2025

  • Car parking spaces banned or restricted in new housing developments

  • New road tolls based on distance travelled and emissions

  • Car journeys in London to be cut by 3m a day

  • All Londoners expected to walk or cycle for at least 20 minutes a day

  • Fatal road accidents 'to be eliminated from London's streets' by 2041

Only by focusing on active travel, providing efficient zero-emission transport and reducing our dependency on cars, can we improve the health of Londoners, support economic growth, deliver homes and jobs, and make our city an even better place to live.