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A bye-law to curb taxi pollution

13 December, 2019

‘A bye-law that only electric black cabs are legally permitted to queue for pick-ups at our termini stations?’

THREE of our worst pollution hot spots are along the Euston Road, the terminus railway stations of King’s Cross, St Pancras and Euston.

And right now there’s a proposal from HS2 to make things even worse: to cut down more trees on the east side of Euston Square to provide a “temporary” taxi rank next to the existing bus station.

The attractive new LEVC electric black cabs, with zero tailpipe emissions, already represent more than 10 per cent of London’s fleet of black cabs but most of the remaining 18,000 are highly-polluting, dirty, diesels.

Why not a bye-law, on citizens’ health grounds, that only electric black cabs are legally permitted to queue for pick-ups at our three termini statiotaxins?

The taxi lobby would scream and shout but our health (and that of cab drivers too) is surely an over-arching consideration.

PAUL BRAITHWAITE

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