CIEH welcomes Mayor`s proposals for cleaner air in London

Publication Date: 6th July 2016

Subject: Environmental protection

The CIEH has welcomed the action on poor air quality announced by the new London Mayor, Sadiq Khan.  

The new plans take the place of Defra`s recent Air Quality Plan in London and build on those announced by his predecessor, Boris Johnson, to include a 24/7 `toxicity charge` to apply to all pre-2005 vehicles from 2017 and to pre-2015 diesels by 2019, together with an expansion of the Ultra-low Emission Zone to outer suburbs in 2020.

CIEH Principal Policy Officer Howard Price said:

"The Mayor`s proposals are significantly more ambitious than Defra`s, in particular in their timetable for implementation, in their inclusion of private cars and in their action to curb the trend in diesel car use especially.

"Despite the continuing threat of legal action, we are still waiting for Defra`s template for Clean Air Zones and for clarity on how they will be funded."

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About the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH):   

The CIEH is the professional voice for environmental health representing over 9,000 members working in the public, private and non-profit sectors. It ensures the highest standards of professional competence in its members, in the belief that through environmental health action people's health can be improved. 

Environmental health has an important and unique contribution to make to improving public health and reducing health inequalities. The CIEH campaigns to ensure that government policy addresses the needs of communities and business in achieving and maintaining improvements to health and health protection.  

The CIEH is a leading provider of regulated qualifications and operates in over 50 countries. 

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