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End of the diesel could be upon us?


Will London ban diesel cars too?

London may ban diesel cars

With pollution high in the capital, and diesel fumes so damaging, The Telegraph reports experts predict London may follow Paris’ lead and ban the cars from London’s roads within the decade.

Campaigners warn of “serious health damage” in the capital, from the fuels fumes which contain tiny particles and nitrogen oxides which have been increasingly proven to be seriously damaging to health.

France, which has the highest number of diesel cars on the road, will ban the cars as Anne Hidalgo, the Parisian Mayor pledged “an end to diesel in Paris in 2020″.

Boris Johnson plans to raise the congestion charge for diesel cars by £10 in a move to cut air pollution. The change would mean diesel drivers could have to pay a total of £20 to get into Central London.

Stephen Joseph, of the Campaign for Better Transport, said: “I think the motor industry is wholly unprepared for the way in which the science is turning against diesels. It is showing different and serious health damage which is a really serious problem.”

In Britain, about 29,000 premature deaths a year are thought to be caused by air pollution and people living in London, Birmingham and Leeds will be exposed to dangerous air pollution from engine fumes until the 2030s unless stricter rules are imposed, according to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

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