A High Court ruling has found the UK government has broken the law by not addressing illegal levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) pollution in London.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan welcomed the ruling and called for a new scrappage scheme to remove the dirtiest diesel-powered vehicles from the UK’s roads.
Khan said: "We need a revised package of measures to include funding a national diesel scrappage scheme. The most polluting cars, vans and other vehicles must be removed from our roads. A new approach to vehicle excise duty is also needed to incentivise drivers to buy the cleanest vehicles."
The London Mayor acknowledged other sources of NO2 had to be dealt with, such as from the construction industry. He pointed out that in 2010 NO2 pollution was responsible for 9400 deaths in the capital due to pollution-related illnesses.
Talking about the ruling, Mr Khan added: "It lays the blame squarely at the door of the government for its complacency in failing to tackle the problem quickly and credibly. In doing so, it has let down millions of people in the UK."