The Mayor Of London Boris Johnson has announced a ultra low emissions scheme that could mean motorcycles are banned from Central London
The Mayor of London has announced his intention to create the world’s first Ultra Low Emission Zone in central London, in a move that he believes will deliver dramatic benefits in air quality and provide a major spur for the further development and mass take-up of zero and low emission vehicles.
While the Mayor hasn’t detailed any specifics regarding motorcycles, it is clear that the scheme could have a profound effect on riding in the capital.
The BMF’s Government Relations Executive, Chris Hodder, commented on the announcement: “This policy could have far-reaching consequences for motorcycling in London – if London helps promote electric and alternative fuelled motorcycles, then this could be a boon for motorcyclists; however, it could easily mean that older and current motorcycles could be banned as well.
He added: “Motorcycles are by far and away the best way to get around central London and do not contribute to congestion, so we will work hard to make sure that riding a motorcycle remains an option for those wishing to use the streets of our capital city.”
The Mayor has asked Transport for London to prepare plans to look at introducing a scheme that would aim to ensure all vehicles driving in the centre of the capital during working hours would be zero or low emission, and the feasibility of introducing such a scheme from 2020.
Transport for London will begin work on preparing options for a public consultation on an ultra low emission zone. By 2020 he hopes that time all central London buses will be hybrid and zero emission taxis will be prevalent. The Mayor recognises that more work is required and believes his proposal will act as a challenge for vehicle manufacturers to ensure more affordable and low emission technologies are in place.
The Mayor’s new package of measures includes: Extra hybrid buses, New Euro Standard 6 buses, Measures to clean up construction sites, a new zero emission taxi and more energy efficiency measures to be encouraged in homes, schools and public buildings.