London mayor unveils new ultra-low emission plan


Mayor Boris Johnson has unveiled new plans to make London the Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) capital of Europe.
They include working with boroughs to develop “preferential access”, parking or charging in new area-based schemes for ULEVs.
The ULEV Delivery Plan also sets out a £65 million programme of ‘Zero Emission Capable London’ taxi top-up grants as it aims to end funding for taxis older than 10 years.
The mayor would like to continue the ultra-low emission discount for the congestion charge.
He also plans to launch a Low Emission Commercial Vehicle programme by the end of the year to “accelerate the development, supply and widen uptake of low emission commercial vehicles and refuelling infrastructure”.
London’s Deputy Mayor for Transport, Isabel Dedring, said: “London has real potential to become the ultra-low emission vehicle capital of Europe. We already have the world’s largest green bus fleet.
“There is also a great opportunity for the capital’s fleet of commercial and private vehicles to step forward and help to deliver our ambition for London to be a world leader in green vehicle technology. It will help us meet London’s air quality challenge and provide economic benefits right across the UK.”
The scheme comes as London Fire Brigade replace a number of its vehicles with hybrid electric cars.