Diesel vehicles blamed for London’s poor air quality

Boris Johnson the London Mayor has been urged to take action to lower the amount of pollution diesel cars are causing. This comes after the London Assembly, who scrutinise the mayors annual plans, stated that the air quality are among the worst in the EU.

The UK has already been warned this year by the European Supreme Court to reduce its levels of air pollution. Diesel vehicles are a major contributor to NO2 levels in the capital, with reports suggesting they make up 40% of the total NO2 levels.

With petrol engines becoming more clean as new technologies are developed, the Mayor is being urged to encourage people driving within London to use petrol or electric vehicles instead of diesel. One step that could be taken is to change busses and other forms of public transport from diesel to petrol.