‘Pay per mile’ scheme considered to drive down London’s emissions

A report suggests that a new road user charging system is needed in London by the end of the decade at the latest

Drivers in London may soon be charged depending on the miles they drive.

A new report by Element Energy, commissioned by the Mayor of London suggests a new pay-per-mile road pricing is needed to be implemented in the capital by the end of the decade at the latest.

The Mayor is now considering a string of measures to combat air pollution – one of these is the extension of the Ultra Low Emission Zone beyond the north and south circular roads to cover the whole of Greater London.

A small clean air charge for all but the cleanest vehicles is also under consideration by the officials.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “We simply don’t have time to waste. The climate emergency means we only have a small window of opportunity left to reduce carbon emissions to help save the planet, and, despite the world-leading progress we have made over the last few years, there is still far too much toxic air pollution permanently damaging the lungs of young Londoners.”

A report by the European Public Health Alliance found that air pollution costs the average London citizen £1,180 every year.

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