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Mayor of London triggers high air pollution alert

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has reiterated his calls for a diesel scrappage fund as he issued the seventh ‘High’ air pollution alert in the last 13 months.

smog - credit London Assembly

The ‘High’ air pollution alert is the seventh in 13 months.

The latest episode of pollution was caused by toxic emissions blown over from Europe combined with ongoing air quality issues in London, with the mayor calling on the government to work close closely with the European Union post-Brexit to effectively address the problem.

The mayor, who has led moves to introduce the T-Charge next month and bring forward the Ultra Low Emission Zone with even tighter standards in April 2019, said: “I am doing everything with the powers I have at City Hall and it’s now time for the government to step up by introducing a national diesel scrappage fund to rid our streets of dirty diesels, and to give me the powers I need to tackle non-transport sources of pollution.”For more of the latest industry news, click here.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.