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11 June 2018
Real solutions, not broad brush gimmicks, needed to tackle poor air quality

The Labour Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced a consultation which will see him taxing Croydon residents and businesses more for using their cars and vans for work and commuting.

The central London Ultra Low Emissions Zone that follows the boundaries of the Congestion Charge Zone will be introduced in 2019. The Conservatives support this measure to reduce air pollution in central London where the problem is more concentrated.

Mayor Khan now plans to expand the zone out to the south circular and charge an additional £12.50 per day, every day for cars and vans using the zone that don't meet restrictions.

This will impact on Croydon residents traveling into central London with an estimated 100,000 cars and 35,000 vans affected needing to enter the expanded zone. 

Cllr Simon Hoar, Conservative transport spokesman, says: "Where air quality is poor we believe in controlling dangerous emissions - that's why we support the central London Ultra-Low Emission Zone. But in large parts of outer-London there's just not the same concentration of bad air quality, with some hotspots suffering more than the area as a whole. 

"Croydon Conservatives favour targeted measures that will deliver tangible results in those hotspots - these include low emission bus routes on the roads in outer-London that do have poorer air quality, more rapid charging points to ease the move to electric vehicles, freight consolidation schemes and no idling schemes.

"This broad brush tax will do precious little to fix the problem - and is a good example of a Mayor not understanding the issue he's tackling, and how best to fix it for Londoners."

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