A further three Low Emission Bus Zones have been launched in London.
Announced by the Mayor of London and Transport for London (TfL), the extra three Low Emission Bus Zones takes the number where buses have to be clean and green up to 10 throughout the city, and a further two are set to come into operation before the end of 2019.
By implementing a further measure of introducing Low Emission Bus Zones, TfL and Sadiq Khan are tackling the capital’s problem with toxic air.
Based in Lewisham, Stratford and Edmonton, the zones cover 79 bus routes, used by more than 1,330 buses; it means that these buses will have to operate with the cleanest emission standards.
That they are able to do so is due to a combination of new and retrofitted vehicles, which takes the number of clean buses introduced as a result of the Low Emission Bus Zones to in excess of 3,000.
It comes hot on the heels of the introduction of the Ultra Low Emission Zone in Central London, and this new measure by TfL means that a whole host of vehicles operating in the capital will have to adhere to strict emission standards, if they are to avoid a fine.
The extra zones are another step along the way to the Mayor’s target of ensuring the entire bus fleet uses the cleanest Euro VI vehicles as a minimum, and all buses are expected to meet this standard by October 2020.
Sadiq Khan said: “London is facing an air quality emergency, with pollution from vehicles, including buses, responsible for over half the harmful emissions we breathe.
“Our existing Low Emission Bus Zones have dramatically reduced pollution and improved the health of thousands of Londoners who live or work along the routes – I’m delighted we can now bring the benefits to Lewisham, Stratford and Edmonton.”