Despite the ambitious plans of London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, aimed at curtailing pollution in the capital, figures have emerged showing that the city has just one electric black cab.
Recent figures released by the World Health Organisation (WHO) revealed that all Londoners are exposed to particulate pollution levels exceeding PM2.5, the current guidelines for inner city living.
In response to this, at the back end of 2017, the Mayor announced plans to rolls out a fleet of new, electric black cabs whilst clamping down on the heavy polluting diesel variants. Despite this, to date only one of the cleaner electric versions has been registered for use in the capital.
This throws sand in the face of the promise made by former mayor, Boris Johnson, that no new diesel or petrol taxis would be registered in London after January 2018.
Khan himself has promised that by 2050, London will be a carbon neutral city. Various initiatives have been to help facilitate this, such as a £42 million scrappage scheme encouraging drivers to trade their old petrol or diesel black cab for a cleaner electric edition, promising up to £5,000 in return for a 10-year old diesel cab.
The Government’s Plug-in Taxi Grant, co-funded by the Mayor, gives Black Cab drivers purchasing new ZEC taxis up to £7,500 towards the new vehicle.
Yet despite the initiatives, figures obtained by The Daily Express under the freedom of information act show that of the 21,371 cabs on the streets of London by December 10 2017, just one was a licensed ZEC taxi.
The pollution generated by the phenomenal amount of cars on the capital’s streets is a major concern for Londoners; a recent survey of 2,000 UK adults revealed those loving in the city were more worried about pollution damaging their health than anywhere else in Britain.
90% of adults living in London said they were worried about pollution damaging their health.
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