Paris anti-pollution measures are welcome but UK needs to think through Toxicity Charges
New anti-vehicle pollution measures planned for central London have been described by our managing director, Simon Hill, as a short term solution to a long term problem. Simon said the Toxicity Charge, due to be launched in October, was a “start” but he also warned against “kneejerk reaction” decisions to combat a UK-wide issue. The charge is due to be rolled out in October.
Simon’s comments came as he welcomed a decision in Paris to cut pollution through a ban on older vehicles during certain times. The French Crit’Air system – which has also been rolled out in Lyon and Grenoble –identifies six categories. Each vehicle must have sticker specifying its registration year, energy efficiency and emission band. All diesel-fueled vehicles produced from 1997 to 2000 are banned under the scheme.