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Council supports mayor’s green initiative

Fri 15 July 2016, 11:29 am

Waltham Forest Council has thrown its support behind London mayor Sadiq Khan’s proposal to extend the capital’s Ultra-Low Emission Zone to the North Circular from 2020.

The plan to improve air quality in the capital was announced on 5 July and will see a £10 emissions surcharge automatically introduced for the most polluting vehicles. Fines of £130 for motorcycles, cars and vans will be implemented for those which exceed the emissions standard.

Councillor Clyde Loakes, deputy leader and cabinet member for environment, said: “It is very encouraging to see the new mayor of London showing a firm commitment to tackling air pollution. Air quality is a huge concern in Waltham Forest due to the proven serious risk to public health and of course environmental threat it poses.

“The council has been calling for urgent action on this for a long time, and are doing all we can to encourage residents to take up more sustainable modes of transport.

“The planned extension of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone into parts of Waltham Forest is a good start, but we need to continue looking at ways to reduce pollution across the whole borough and we shall shortly be announcing further details on our plans.”


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