Ken Livingstone has said it's a tragedy Boris Johnson "sat on his backside and did nothing for eight years" about pollution, but he's over the moon that Sadiq Khan is taking action.
People driving older vehicles are to be hit with a higher charge for driving in central London. It will apply mainly to vehicles registered before 2006, meaning the congestion charge zone will cost them £21.50 a day instead of £11.50 a day.
Livingstone, the former mayor of London, told Sam Delaney: "The tragedy is Boris didn’t carry on rolling [more pollution tackling ideas] out...he sat on his backside and did nothing for eight years."
He thinks "this government has done nothing in his time in office to tackle this problem" and "the simple fact is they don’t want to stand up to the motoring industry.
"We think it's 40,000 dying nationally [from pollution], if we were having 40,000 people die of the black death every year everyone would be screaming for the Government to do something."
However he added: "I’m really over the moon that Sadiq Khan has revived tackling this problem."
But Shaun Bailey, a London Assembly member and the environment spokesman for the Conservative Group, said: "This is the policy equivalent of a selfie. He [Khan] just wants to get noticed.
"There's many other things he could've done that would have been far more effective," Bailey added, citing electric buses as an example.
He thinks "if you have a small business you tend to have these older vans. You're about to get wiped out" and the move is "attacking people who don’t have the money to get a new van or car for their home or business."
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