The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA) has warned that proposals to extend the current London Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) could have negative repercussions for the city.
Last minute changes to the ULEZ to include both the North Circular Road and the South Circular Road could represent a considerable impact on the ability of local firms and communities to transport goods.
BVRLA chief executive Gerry Keaney commented: "We support all measures introduced to improve air quality, but are wary of the impact the mayor's proposals will have on local communities and businesses."
He added that new London mayor Sadiq Khan should be now focused on maximising the benefits of the existing ULEZ scheme, rather than implementing changes that could undermine the effectiveness of the project and add considerable costs for London road users in the years ahead.
Mr Keaney also warned that the introduction of a new diesel scrappage scheme could be viewed as something of a "blunt instrument" in addressing air quality issues across the capital, with a more focused approach to promoting greener vehicle uptake a better way to achieve lasting change and benefits for all.
He concluded: "Air quality is vitally important, but we also need to ensure that people can afford to live and work in London."
Posted on 16th May 2016
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