19 October 2016

City of London will no longer purchase diesel vehicles

The City of London Corporation, the municipal governing body of the City of London (UK), has banned the purchase or hire of diesel vehicles within its vehicle fleet. The move is intended to promote better air quality in the city.

“This agreement is a major step forward in our drive to protect the millions of London tourists, workers and residents from air pollution. We are taking responsibility for the cleanliness of our fleet and encouraging the use of low and zero emission vehicles with our partners,” said Chris Bell, head of procurement at the City of London Corporation, in a statement seen by the Guardian newspaper.

The authority is also promoting the use of hybrid electric cars, and is encouraging businesses to cut back on deliveries. Since 2009 the authority has managed to reduce NOx emissions from its vehicles by over 40 percent and PM10 emission by over 50 percent.

For more information, visit the Guardian.