#London takes just 5 days to breach #airpollution limits for the whole year https://t.co/OivmRt8uFB pic.twitter.com/wq0NxbN9Yn
Under EU law #8211; which is based on guidelines set by the World Health Organisation #8211; the level of NO2 should not rise above 200 micrograms per cubic metre for more than 18 hours over the entire year. Using specially-designed monitoring equipment, campaigners revealed Brixton Road broke this threshold for the 19th time in 2017 on Thursday.
The zones are expected to reduce NOx emissions from buses along the routes by around 84 per cent, according to the Mayor#8217;s Office.
A spokesman for the London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the news of Brixton#8217;s breach underscores the need for urgent action to tackle air pollution in the capital, and insisted city authorities are working hard on the issue. The news coincided with an announcement today from the Mayor#8217;s office setting out plans for ten additional Low Emission Bus Zones in the City, one of which will run through the Brixton Road, the Mayor#8217;s spokesman said.
The government is under court order to set out a comprehensive plan for how it will tackle air pollution in the UK #8211; which was dubbed a public health emergency by MPs last year #8211; by April 2017. The fresh plan was ordered by the High Court after the government#8217;s original plan, which included the establishment of a number of ‘clean air zones#8217; in five cities across the UK, was deemed inadequate.