Tough new measures include a £10 emissions charge in central London for the most polluting vehicles

London’s mayor Sadiq Khan has unveiled his plan to tackle air pollution that he claims is the ‘toughest crackdown on the most polluting vehicles by any major city around the world’.

The proposals include a £10 emissions surcharge on top of the existing congestion charge for the most polluting vehicles from 2017, and plans for the proposed Ultra-Low Emission Zone in central London to cover a wider area and be introduced a year early in 2019.

Announcing the proposals, Khan said: ‘With nearly 10,000 people dying early every year in London due to exposure to air pollution, cleaning up London’s toxic air is now an issue of life and death.’

‘Tough challenges call for tough measures, so I’m proposing a new £10 charge for the most polluting vehicles in central London from 2017, followed by an even stronger crackdown on vehicles pumping out hazardous pollutants.’

Other measures in the plan include the introduction of cleaner buses and the development of a proposal for a national diesel scrappage scheme.

The strategy has been opened for initial consultation, and the public have until 29 July to view it and provide feedback. A more detailed consultation is due later this year.