Diesel-fired buses and taxis are simply poisoning Londoners. The Low Emission Zone will not help much either because...
1. The bar is set too low on commercial vehicles. Euro4 engines should be minimum requirement. 2. Particulate traps don't work at low speeds.
3. The LEZ doesn't tackle Nitrogen Dioxide pollution - which causes smog and is very bad for the lungs.
The MSM has also mixed up emissions and pollution. Emissions is used to describe CO2 - colourless, ordorless and not harmful to health. Pollution impacts on your health and recent report from a US and UK university study showed Oxford Street’s atmosphere would affect asthma suffers for at least a day.The irony is that the cleanest engines are modern petrol units. Modern passenger diesels aren't too bad, especially if they don't spend long on the Capital's more free-flowing roads. Under this revenge scheme, Leninstone will charge smaller-engined old smokers £8 per day and the cleanest engines £25, with no residents discount for the latter. A number of Euro cities introduce low emissions zones in January which are based on the Euro-rating of the engine, ignoring CO2 emissions completely. So A Euro4 engined car, for example, can enter for free. Livingstone might also announce a switch to ‘tag and beacon’ charging, using IBM tech developed for Stockholm. Stockholm government came to see the C-Charge in (in)action and went back and had IBM design a far better system. Livingstone has had to go cap in hand to IBM, before London’s current ANPR system collapses. Last year the C-Charge actually lost money (£5m or so) and were it not for the huge fine income it would have been in the red. Tag and
Beacon is the system used on the continent for years, which has a pre-paid charged mounted in the windscreen. Auto payment should end fines.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Red Ken Wants to Fleece Me
Ken Livingstone announced this morning that he will charge every car with an engine which emits more than 225g/km of carbon a £25 a day congestion charge. He reckons this will affect people with "Chelsea Tractors". It will, but it will also affect many people with normal family estate cars. This has little to do with environmental friendliness - it has more to do with class hatred against people who are successful enough to afford a nice car.
Funnily enough, the East End and North of London which have terrible traffic and worse air-pollution (caused mainly by diesel engines and ageing petrol cars) will not have any charge inflicted on them. Only the rich bits of London get it. A correspondent writes...
This C-Charge is not a Congestion Charge - it's a Class Charge - a stealth tax. It won't affect pollution levels. People will just buy a second car with a dual petrol/LPG fitting - and if they are bloody minded they won't bother switching on the LPG part. You can pick up a second hand Volvo V70 for under £10k. So there will actually be more cars parked on London's streets, not fewer.
I gather from MessageSpace that Ken's campaign has just booked adverts on my blog. It looks like I'm going to have to recycle any revenue back to him in extra congestion charge payments. Socialism at work.