Stephen Knight AM, Liberal Democrat London Assembly environment spokesperson, commenting on the Mayor’s replies to extensive questioning he faced at today’s Mayor’s Question Time on ‘dieselgate’ and theuse of ‘defeat device’ software to manipulate emission test vehicles said:
“Today the Mayor has admitted he hasn’t got a clue as to how many diesel cars are on London’s roads that have software creating fiddled emission results.
“However an even bigger issue is the message that the Mayor is currently sending out to people purchasing cars over the next few years.
“At present the Mayor and TfL know full well that Euro 6 diesels are not actually clean, but are still planning to permit them to enter the Ultra Low Emission Zone for free after 2020.
“”The Mayor should admit past mistakes and now say that we are no longer going to put a badge of ‘ultra low-emission’ on a set of vehicles that are in reality nothing of the sort.”
“The only vehicles that should count as ultra-low-emission compliant should be vehicles tested in real-world tests. In practice it would give absolute clarity to car-drivers and fleet-owners to simply say that the ULEZ will be diesel free.”
“If the Mayor fails to take that step he might as well change the name of the Ultra Low Emission Zone to simply the ‘slightly lower emission zone’.
Notes to editors:
Details of today’s Mayor’s Question Time and Stephen Knight’s questioning to the Mayor can be seen at https://www.london.gov.uk/mayor-assembly/london-assembly/webcasts starting at 38 minutes into the recording.