18 Dec 2007 03:12:31
Londoners back calls for higher charge for polluting cars
Residents of London would back a move to penalise owners of heavily carbon-emitting cars and reward those that emit only low levels of greenhouse gases, according to a new poll.
The survey, carried out by Ipsos Mori as part of a consultation on emissions based charging, revealed that two thirds of Londoners supported a proposal to charge cars with the highest carbon emissions £25 when they entered the city.
At the same time, 63 per cent saw a higher congestion charge as an incentive to use a lower carbon-emitting car, with the proposals also recommending a zero charge for low-carbon vehicles.
Reacting to the results, Ken Livingston, Mayor of London, said: "These results show that the vast majority of Londoners support action to tackle climate change."
"The proposals consulted upon are part of a package of measures London is taking to lead the way in averting catastrophic climate change," he added.
Last week, authorities in the capital launched a series of measures intended to help London businesses reduce their carbon emissions by three million tonnes before 2010.