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>> New fees on London drivers aimed at cutting air pollution, means some older cars could be charged up to $27 per day just to cruise downtown. Levied on vehicles typically registered before 2006, the new fee takes effect immediately. Mayor Sadik Khan telling Reuters the measure may be the toughest new emission standard in the world.
Each year in London more than 9,000 Londoners die prematurely because of the bad quality air. There are children in London who's lungs are underdeveloped. There are adults who suffer a whole host of conditions caused by the poor quality air, from asthma to dementia to suffering strokes. So charge is a plan to discourage those who drive the most pollution vehicles coming into the heart of London.
>> The new fee is actually 10 pounds, or roughly $13. But when combined with existing tolls, it means effective drivers have watched their daily fees almost double overnight. The mayor's office says it will affect about 34,000 vehicles per month. Some business groups are highly critical of the move, and critiques contend it disproportionately hits lower income families with older cars.
Mayor Khan's move comes as 12 global cities including London, announced the same day that they would make major areas free of all fossil fuels by 2030, that includes Seattle and Los Angeles. Part of a larger group of world cities dedicating to upholding the Paris Climate Agreement, which the United States federal government pulled out of earlier this year.