The City of London Corporation—the municipal governing body of the City of London—has banned the purchase of diesel vehicles for its business, in a drive to reduce public exposure to air pollution. The policy is the latest in a series of anti-pollution measures brought in by the local authority, which has a fleet of more than 300 vehicles.
Some models of vehicle, such as tractors, which the Corporation uses on its green spaces like Hampstead Heath and Epping Forest, do not have a non-diesel alternative. These vehicles will continue to be used until a clean alternative becomes available on the market.
Last month the Corporation announced plans for a London-wide crackdown on drivers who leave their engines idling, following a series of successful trials in the City of London.Last year it agreed a deal with Addison Lee—London’s biggest private hire firm—automatically to switch hybrid taxis to electric mode in key areas of the Square Mile.
It has also created a ‘City Air App’, which gives low-pollution travel routes to more than 15,000 Londoners, introduced a City-wide 20 mph zone, and issued new procurement rules restricting harmful emissions from bulldozers and generators.
Since 2009, the City Corporation has achieved a vehicle emissions reduction of more than 40% NOx and more than 50% PM10 due to a reduction in its fleet size and the purchase of newer and cleaner vehicles.
The City of London Corporation’s remit goes beyond City borders. It sponsors academies in Hackney, Islington and Southwark, manages housing estates and green spaces across London, and even operates Heathrow Airport’s Animal Reception Center as part of its role as the animal health authority for London.