Hands up who wants worse air quality in London!
Not many hands would go up, I doubt there would be a single one amongst London Conservatives.
Livingstone promotes the new Low Emissions Zone (LEZ) with scare stories about the 1,000 Londoners who might be at risk of premature death because of air quality. But how effective is this?
Transport for London concedes, “The proposed LEZ is not expected to have a major impact on the levels of ozone.” and “It is not anticipated that the proposed LEZ would have a significant impact on CO2 emissions.” It does expect a reduction in particulate emissions (PM10) but admits that it was going to happen anyway and the LEZ would only speed it up a little, “Given the overall decline in air pollution [that is occurring anyway], the LEZ would effectively bring forward air quality standards, by up to three or four years.”
Small businesses, already feeling the pinch from Brown’s incompetent handling of the economy, may well find the cost of compliance is the straw that breaks their backs. So if the LEZ is going to have a minimal affect on air quality, as TFL says, is unlikely to save anyone from the “risk of premature death” and will push some firms out of business, why bring it in?
Ooooooooh, there is an election coming soon!
Hat tip to Phil Taylor for the details