Mayor scraps plans to expand London LEZ

London mayor Boris Johnson is to halt plans for particulate controls on vans and minibuses in the capital’s Low Emission Zone because of concerns over the cost to small businesses.

London mayor Boris Johnson has announced his intention to scrap plans to extend the London Low Emission Zone (LEZ) to cover more vehicles.

His decision to abandon the so-called third phase means particulate emission limits, which currently apply to HGVs and buses, will not be introduced for minibuses and large vans in October 2010 as planned.

The announcement came shortly after the European Commission confirmed it was taking the government to court over its failure to achieve air quality standards for particulates. London has the worst levels in the UK.

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