Murad Qureshi calls on Mayor to 'stop dithering' on issue
The Department of Health's official emissions figures this week show that Hounslow is one of the worst ranking boroughs for air pollution, with the highest number of deaths attributable to poor air quality, according to Labour London-wide Assembly member Murad Qureshi.
Mr. Qureshi has called on the Mayor of London Boris Johnson to "stop dithering" and urgently tackle air pollution.
Hounslow ranked 14th in London for having the highest levels of dangerous airborne particles PM2.5 in 2011. The Department of Health published the data which shows how death rates are attributable to human-made dangerous airborne particles (PM2.5) in 2011. The statistics were introduced in 2010.
Murad Qureshi AM said: “Boris must tackle the poor levels of air pollution in Hounslow urgently. Boris needs to bring forward the Ultra Low Emission Zone from its planned implementation date of 2020 and make his mind up on what vehicles this policy will apply to. If this is to work then Londoners and car manufacturers need confidence that this will ever happen and confidence in what vehicles to invest in. Without these assurances this is simply grandiose and hollow rhetoric.
“Hounslow residents have seen air quality worsen between 2010 and 2011 – that means more deaths that are attributable to air pollution from PM 2.5. Hounslow is the 14th worst borough in London for air quality. It is shameful that the Mayor’s lack of action on tackling this silent killer is so badly affecting people’s health.
“The Mayor has consistently dithered on air pollution. Poor air quality causes 4,300 premature deaths a year. Boris must not put up fares above-inflation to encourage Londoners to use public transport as well as improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians.”
November 9, 2013