Boris Johnson announces plans for Ultra Low Emission Zone

London could have the world’s first Ultra Low Emission Zone, according to Mayor Boris Johnson who has announced plans to improve air quality.

Only zero and low-emission vehicles would be allowed in the central London zone by 2020, said Mr Johnson.

The AA said it was an ambitious timetable and that the practical and economic impacts needed to be examined.

Clean Air In London said it was a wish list Mr Johnson wants others to do as he would only be mayor until 2016.

London is among the worst in Europe for air pollution.

Environmental Organisation ClientEarth has warned that in terms of European Union rules, London will have “illegal levels of air pollution until 2025”.

A London Assembly report last December found that 9% of deaths in the city were down to air pollution.

In a speech to City Hall, Mr Johnson said: “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.”

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