Headline-grabbing symbolic gestures are unlikely to make the necessary difference to London’s air quality. What is needed is real leadership and adopt effective and urgent changes.
The mayor of London has claimed Volkswagen should pay £2.5m for missed congestion charge payments following the emissions-rigging scandal.
10000 people are year are estimated to die from diesel pollution in London every year, but we seem very blase about the issue. What is stopping the major from putting a ban on diesel cars in the most congested roads now. How difficult can it be for someone to sell replace the vehicles from diesel to petrol or ideally electric vehicles?
We need real action NOW, not symbolic gestures.