Despite a pledge by London Mayor Sadiq Khan that all vehicles in London will be low emission, the latest Transport for London (TfL) tender results show that the organisation – for which he is responsible – still has much work to do to meet his goal.
In July the Mayor unveiled his “action plan to battle London’s toxic air” pledging to “end London’s public health emergency” and “clean up the capital’s filthy air.”
Bringing forward the Ultra Low Emission Zone to 2019 he also said wanted “to send a signal to bus manufacturers and create a race to the top in clean bus technology.”
Of the latest tender results, covering 13 routes with a total peak vehicle requirement of 144 vehicles, only 43% will be hybrids (23 buses) or Euro 6 diesels (40 buses). The remainder are existing Euro 5 buses, and include two Euro 4 buses.
The five-year contracts start in April and May 2017.