London ignores air quality rules

London Air

In the last decade the public has been made aware of many pollution issues and the world has been very forthcoming trying to prevent a future crisis through recycling and other schemes to clean up after ourselves. In fact, governments have even put laws in place to uphold these standards and keep the world we live in a healthy place.

With barely 11 days since we celebrated the New Year, it’s amusing and terrifying to hear that London has already failed to adhere to the legislation on air-quality rules for 2016. London has some of the most polluted streets in the world, a fact that is reflected by their main roads consistently breaking the limit throughout the year.

Dirty London Streets

The rules, set in place in the EU have been put in place to ensure that the levels of toxicity in the city caused by nitrogen dioxides emitted by cars; do not exceed dangerous stages. It’s not surprising considering that last year, Oxford Street managed to break the rules barely two days into 2015. If you’re looking for a comprehensive breakdown of London’s air, take a look at the London Air Quality Network.

London’s main plan to deal with the air pollution problem revolves around taxing older Diesel emitting vehicles manufactured before 2014. The charges will be £12.50 for vans and cars, followed by £100 for any trucks or buses. This plan will come into effect in 2020. Although it’s very blunt way to force drivers to change to a more environment friendly vehicle, it should encourage some fresh air into the city. Who wants to take an elite London escort out in this dirty air?


Shockingly, residents of the capital of the U.K. are actually more at risk of death from polluted air than a car crash. Despite Diesel cars producing less carbon dioxide (causes global warming) than petrol, they also create more pollution in other ways. Nitrogen Oxide, one of these gases- is actually pretty dangerous to human health. This is exactly why it’s a major concern for both politics and the public alike.

Even though it should be a priority to clean up the air in London, it’s a difficult paradigm change to make when our country is deeply invested in the vehicles we currently own. Imposing a heavier charge or more extreme measure to make the air in London healthier to breathe would very unreasonable and inconvenient to both businesses and individuals.

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