London exceeds its 2017 air pollution limit - by January 5

London has breached its annual air pollution limit for 2017 in five days

London has breached its annual air pollution limit for 2017 in five days

"With the new year only days old, it's scandalous that air pollution limits for the entire year have already been breached", Friends of the Earth (FoE) campaigner Jenny Bates said.

Its director, Simon Birkett, said that "with diesel vehicles responsible for 90-95 percent of NO2 from vehicle exhaust", the only way to comply with the law was to "ban diesel from the most polluted places".

The breach comes even earlier than past year when the limit was broken on January 8 on Putney High Street (which exceeded the hourly limit over 1,200 times in 2016).

N02 pollution, produced mainly by diesel vehicles, causes an estimated 9,500 deaths each year. Mayor of London vows to tackle the air pollution problem Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced the addition of 10 new low emission bus zones in the city, the news coming on the same day the air pollution results were announced.

The new mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has pledged new measures and to double funding to £875m over five years to tackle the problem.

The road is often full of buses passing through Brixton into Central London, often leaving a large number sitting in traffic jams as the road bottlenecks, as it goes through the centre of Brixton, next to the Tube entrance.

In only five days, London surpassed its yearly air pollution limits. The diesel push has meant that although air in Europe is far cleaner overall than in many parts of the globe, it still can be - and often is - deadly. Last year, London passed annual limits in just a week.

"The government needs to match the mayor's commitment to improving air quality as quickly as possible", he added.

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In November, a High Court judgement ruled that Government plans to meet European Union air pollution targets do not go far enough and need to be greatly expanded.

The UK has been in breach of EU NO₂ limits for six years now and in 2015 was ordered by the Supreme Court to publish an action plan on how to tackle the major health crisis, following a legal challenge by ClientEarth.

"While these are vital steps in the right direction, we can't wait another three years for action", he said.

"This is another shameful reminder of the severity of London's air pollution", said Alan Andrews, a lawyer at the firm.

"The Government's draft plans to tackle air pollution are due in April".

'We urgently need to stop the sale of new diesel models until emission testing is truly fit for goal.

Cleaner buses and taxis have an important role to play and change to the perverse taxes that encourage people to buy diesel over cleaner cars is needed.

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