A report found a third of car trips in England’s capital could be walked in under 25 minutes.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan announced that motorists across the capital could be charged per journey from 2024 in a bid to improve air quality
In a statement on Monday, Khan said air pollution was “a matter of social justice,” with the Londoners who are most impacted in poorer areas also being the “least likely to own a car.”
The per-journey charges, which would come into effect from 2024 if formalized, are designed to meet requirements outlined in a new report on how the city can meet its 2030 Net Zero target. According to the document commissioned by the mayor, London must cut car journeys by a quarter if it is to hit its climate goal.
The report published by Element Energy claims that a third of London car trips could be walked in under 25 minutes and that two-thirds could be cycled in under 20 minutes.
An analysis of traffic in the capital found vehicle congestion cost London £5.1 billion ($6.94 billion) in 2021 due to a mixture of gridlocked traffic and air pollution.