London Mayor Sadiq Khan has today unveiled his transport strategy, pledging to make central London a zero-emission city by 2025 and the entire TfL area by 2050.
With an estimated 40,000 deaths each year in the UK being linked to poor air quality, the BVRLA recognises the need for major cities to lead the way in reducing harmful emissions but believes that national government and local authorities need to take a considered and phased approach to avoid punishing businesses and car-owners.
BVRLA members are responsible for buying nearly half of all new vehicles sold in the UK every year. Millions of these cars, vans and trucks operate in and around London every day
The association supports the London Mayor’s ambitious plans and believes its members can play a key role in driving the transition towards a zero-emission city. To achieve this quickly and effectively, the Mayor must listen to fleet operators and offer the right mix of incentives and support.
“We support the Mayor’s focus on improving air quality, but people must be given practical and affordable alternatives if we are to deliver on his vision of reduced car use and zero-emission streets,” said BVRLA Chief Executive, Gerry Keaney.
“As well as investing in public transport and cycle lane provision, we will be pushing the Mayor to provide more support for electric vehicle infrastructure and car sharing.”