London Mayor Sadiq Khan says it’s important to have clean air laws and crack down on “vested interests” to oppose his plan to expand clean air zones to outer London by 2023
July 29, 2022
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has urged the UK government not to use time-wasting tactics in parliament to block a proposed law containing a right to clean air, as he opposes “veted interests” in overturning his separate plan to expand the UK’s clean air zones in the capital.
Clean Air Right Legislation – Ella’s Law named after Ella Kissi-Debrah, a 9-year-old London girl who died in 2013 related to air pollution— Supported by fellow Green Party Jenny Jones. The so-called Private MPs Bill had its second reading in Parliament on July 8 and will be scrutinized by MPs on October 21. Such bills may be blocked by MPs “talking” about the time allotted to consider them, so they cannot proceed.
“It’s very important to pass the House of Lords and pass the House of Commons,” Khan said of Ella’s Law. new scientist“What the government shouldn’t be doing is trying to get this out of the way. What it should be doing is looking at the merits of the Jenny Jones Act and turning this bill into an action.”
Khan, a Labour politician, said he was glad Conservative leadership hopeful Kemi Badnock was knocked out of the race to be the next prime minister because of her conflicting promises to the country 2050 net zero targetThe two remaining candidates, Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss, “have a great responsibility to take advantage of the dire crisis and cost of living, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, our reliance on fossil fuels to accelerate the sprint to zero carbon,” he said.
Khan, who expects Truss to win when the new Conservative leader is announced on September 5, said he hoped she would use her experience as environment secretary to see action on climate change and air pollution as “the issue now, not tomorrow’s issue”. He added that he hoped she would also understand that a green tax on energy bills would She has promised to suspend, Paying a price for making homes more energy efficient.
response Snapshot Analysis Khan said London was expected to be a hotspot for the estimated death toll of nearly 1,000 people in England and Wales during the recent 40°C heatwave, with the event inevitably leading to an increase in the death toll in the capital. “It’s heartbreaking that all these things are preventable in terms of tackling climate change, tackling air pollution,” he said.
London The Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) expanded last year From the inner areas of the city to the surrounding boroughs.It stops the most polluting cars, motorcycles and vans from entering the area, and now Khan It is proposed to extend it to the outskirts of the city in 2023. Given the cost of living crisis, some auto lobby groups have criticized the plan. Khan said he was acutely aware that people were battling inflationary costs and had redesigned the way charges in outer London were to reflect that.
He added that the poorest people in the city were the least likely to own a car, and that drivers of polluting vehicles would benefit from the expanded area because they “inhaled the poison”. “I recognize that there are vested interests that are organizing a movement against ULEZ,” Khan said. “What I want to say to ordinary Londoners, families, charities, small businesses and others: this affects us all. The right to breathe clean air is a human right, just like clean water.”
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