Prominent think tank calls for increase in diesel congestion charge and banning of diesel vehicles from central London at peak hours

Diesel cars should be banned from central London, according to the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). The latest call for diesels to be banished from the capital urges London Mayor Sadiq Khan to escalate his plan to improve London’s air quality.

The IPPR says London is falling behind other cities around the world at improving its air, as well as being behind the Mayor’s target of a 60% reduction in emissions by 2025.

The think tank is also encouraging Khan to pledge to make London a zero-carbon city by 2050; the start of which is the proposed diesel ban. In October 2015, it set out a plan of action to make the zero-carbon goal possible, which included investment in public transport, making freight transport carbon free, ensuring optimum use of bicycles in the capital and moving ‘beyond diesel’.

The IPPR says road transport accounts for almost 15% of the total emissions in London, and an IPPR researcher told the Guardian that phasing out diesel cars and buses is a vital step in complying with EU clean air regulations in the capital. 

An expert panel is being held this evening by IPPR, which will discuss the problem, and what must be done to alleviate it. The panel will launch a Greenpeace-commissioned research campaign into London’s air pollution, and will assist the Mayor with his air pollution consultation.

Diesel cars have faced intense scrutiny in the months since the Volkswagen emissions scandal, with multiple calls for them to be banned and various authorities outlining future plans to ban all fossil-fuelled cars – on both local or city-wide and national scales. Many have called for higher taxation on diesels, while the transport secretary hinted at reversing the tax breaks diesel owners currently enjoy.

Progress is already in the pipeline regarding IPPR’s call for the phasing out of diesel taxis and buses; TfL legislation dictates that all taxis registered after the start of 2018 must be ‘zero emissions capable’ – LTC, the London Taxi Company, has responded by developing a range-extended EV taxi, which will be launched in late 2017.

A spokesman from IPPR was unavailable for comment at the time of writing. Stay tuned to Autocar for more details when they become available. 

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18 July 2016
EU clean air regulations?
I don't think we need to worry about them anymore.

18 July 2016
Good. (The getting rid of diesels bit, not the lack of EU regulation bit).

18 July 2016
autocar wrote:

The think tank is also encouraging Khan to pledge to make London a zero-carbon city by 2050 the start of which is the proposed diesel ban.

You've got to laugh. I read lots of motoring journalists advising "don't by diesel because they'll be banned from city centres" and then we find the proposal is for 30 years time!!

18 July 2016
They could always just make emissions regulations for diesels tougher, as tough as the Californian ones, oh wait, no that would be logical and sensible.

18 July 2016
We usually think of clouds of billowing smoke when diesels are mentioned - and in the case of some HGVs, buses, taxis, and the '05 plate Volvo and Mondeo I saw accelerating the other day, quite rightly so - bloody awful. But modern diesels aren't like that. Get behind anything with a DPF fitted and you'd never know the difference without looking at the badge or sticking your ear on the bonnet. It seems the owners of the latest diesels are going to be punished for the lack of technology fitted to earlier ones.

18 July 2016
Is all the focus on transport, which, according to the experts quoted in the report, is only 15% of emissions?
What the hell is the other 85%, and why, once agin, is the car being demonised as the cause of pollution?

18 July 2016
Halfabee wrote:

Is all the focus on transport, which, according to the experts quoted in the report, is only 15% of emissions?
What the hell is the other 85%, and why, once agin, is the car being demonised as the cause of pollution?

uk-air.defra.gov.uk/air-pollution/causes

Plus common sense. How far away from people is a car exhaust pipe vs the emissions of a coal fired power plant?

19 July 2016
Halfabee wrote:

Is all the focus on transport, which, according to the experts quoted in the report, is only 15% of emissions?
What the hell is the other 85%, and why, once agin, is the car being demonised as the cause of pollution?

Thing is the 15% is easierly avoidable, people driving a small diesel car less than 12,000 miles a year should asked themselves why didn't I buy a cheaper, lighter, quieter, less polluting petrol car.

 

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19 July 2016
xxxx wrote:
Halfabee wrote:

Is all the focus on transport, which, according to the experts quoted in the report, is only 15% of emissions?
What the hell is the other 85%, and why, once agin, is the car being demonised as the cause of pollution?

Thing is the 15% is easierly avoidable, people driving a small diesel car less than 12,000 miles a year should asked themselves why didn't I buy a cheaper, lighter, quieter, less polluting petrol car.

or better still an electric car for those living and working in town.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

19 July 2016
Ban is a harsh word but to begin with abolish all the company tax perks that diesel enjoys - for no reason other than faulty and ill advised thinking on the part of some politicians and pen pushers a decade and a half ago. Without these tax breaks diesel sales would most likely fall to 10-15% of the pre tax haven status.

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