END OF THE DIESEL COULD BE UPON US?
With pollution high in the capital, and diesel fumes so damaging, The Telegraph reports experts predict London may follow Paris’ lead and ban the cars from London’s roads within the decade.
Boris Johnson plans to raise the congestion charge for diesel cars by £10 in a move to cut air pollution. The change would mean diesel drivers could have to pay a total of £20 to get into Central London.
Stephen Joseph, of the Campaign for Better Transport, said: “I think the motor industry is wholly unprepared for the way in which the science is turning against diesels. It is showing different and serious health damage which is a really serious problem.”
In Britain, about 29,000 premature deaths a year are thought to be caused by air pollution and people living in London, Birmingham and Leeds will be exposed to dangerous air pollution from engine fumes until the 2030s unless stricter rules are imposed, according to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.