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Mayor is destroying the taxi industry in London

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Taxi and Private Hire Services in London.  Letter to Caroline Pidgeon AM, MBE. I am sending this submission on Taxi and Private Hire Services in London on behalf of Clean Air in London (CAL) to the London Assembly Transport Committee’s inquiry into … Continue reading

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Tunnel Cleaning Train delayed until 2017 or later

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Delays blamed on need to ensure ‘asbestos containing material’ across 98% of network is ‘removed or encapsulated’ and other reasons ‘Tube dust’ concentrations range between 700 micrograms per cubic metre (ug/m3) and 960 ug/m3 at worst stations.  Levels may be … Continue reading

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Air pollution revealed at Mayor’s 187 Air Quality Focus Areas for first time

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Information obtained using powerful European access to environmental information laws despite obstruction by Defra.  Mayor continues to hide more precise information by making it inaccessible to anyone without access to complex and expensive computer software Every London borough is listed … Continue reading

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Boris takes backward steps on his own ULEZ

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Mayor announces plans for £10 daily charge for pre-Euro 6 diesel vehicles entering the central congestion charging area from 2020 after previously planning a ban Simon Birkett, Founder and Director of Clean Air in London, said: “Boris is backtracking on … Continue reading

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Timely reminder: We need effective, independent and periodic tailpipe testing

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Diesel particulate filter check required as part of MOT test from February 2014 Timely reminder of the importance of fully operational diesel particulate filters and emissions control systems and the need for the final Trilogue meeting next Monday to ensure … Continue reading

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Mayor takes more backward steps from his Air Quality Strategy and London Plan

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Consultation on draft Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) on ‘The Control of Dust and Emissions during Construction and Demolition’  Mayor is proposing to entrench weak standards for Non-Road Mobile Machinery at ‘High risk sites’ across most of Greater London from 1 September … Continue reading

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Thousands may be driving diesel vehicles illegally after Government failures

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Tens of thousands of motorists may be driving diesel vehicles illegally and risk losing their insurance or resale value – many without realising it – after Government fails to protect them  Government has confirmed it is illegal to use a … Continue reading

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Carcinogenic diesel exhaust disclosed for every significant road in London

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Clean Air in London used powerful European access to environmental information laws to obtain 1.5 million pieces of data from the Mayor of London.  Thousands of pages published Top three worst roads in 2012 were A406 (North Circular), A282 (Dartford … Continue reading

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Highest NO2 of any capital city in Europe again

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Boris Johnson must act in ‘Green Week’ in  the ‘Year of Air’ after failing miserably to reduce air pollution London again has the highest levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2), a toxic gas, of any capital city in Europe according to … Continue reading

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Investigation into Government’s failure to control carcinogenic diesel exhaust

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Government has sought to blame European engine emission standards for oxides of nitrogen (NOx) for its failure to comply with nitrogen dioxide (NO2) limit values as part of its lobbying, with the Mayor of London, to weaken NO2 laws Investigation … Continue reading

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Tube dust is not ‘safe’

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Health and Environment Committee air quality work programme  Clean Air in London (CAL) congratulates the Health and Environment Committee (Committee) on the publication of ‘Air pollution in London – Issues paper’.  The paper provides a clear, concise summary of current … Continue reading

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Mayor’s plans for tunnel between Silvertown and Greenwich peninsula are unlawful

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Objection to the option of a new road tunnel between Silvertown and Greenwich peninsula Mayor should be prioritising measures to reduce air pollution, not increase it. In any event, breaches of air pollution laws must be mitigated in full and … Continue reading

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Mayor must stop financially incentivising carcinogenic diesel exhaust

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Consultation on proposed changes to the Congestion Charging Scheme (Greener Vehicle Discount) Dear Sir or Madam I am writing on behalf of Clean Air in London (CAL) with comments on this consultation, which closes on the 8 February. CAL is … Continue reading

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Defra ‘systematically hiding’ information about dangerous air pollutants

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Response to Defra consultation on statistical releases on (i) emissions of air pollutants and (ii) air quality statistics I am writing on behalf of Clean Air in London (CAL) to respond to the informal consultation by the Department for Environment … Continue reading

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Building public understanding of air pollution

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Presentations at Masterclass at Public Service Events conference titled ‘Public health: an update and way forward’ on 24 October 2012.  See: http://www.publicserviceevents.co.uk/masterclass-client/224/public-health/4279 Simon Birkett, Founder and Director of Clean Air in London, on ‘Building public understanding of air pollution’ CAL … Continue reading