‘Ban all diesel vehicles from capital’s centre,’ say over half of Londoners

[13 April] More than half of Londoners want diesel vehicles banned from the city centre to cut toxic air pollution blighting the capital, a new poll reveals today.

Diesel vehicles are among the worst for harmful pollution, experts claim (Image: N. Howard)

Diesel vehicles are among the worst for harmful pollution, experts claim (Image: N. Howard)

The YouGov survey showed 55 per cent of adults in the city back a crackdown on buses which experts blame for the largest proportion of nitrogen dioxide fumes from traffic in central London.

Even more supported a ban on diesel lorries, 62 per cent.

While 54 per cent believe diesel taxis should be stopped from operating in this area, and 52 per cent think all diesel cars should be banned from it.

More than two thirds of Londoners also say higher polluting vehicles should pay more for travelling through the capital.

The findings will heap pressure on the next mayor to speed up switching away from diesel to cleaner electric buses and hybrid models used in electric mode.

Read more: Standard

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