‘No simple solution’: Drivers attack ‘ridiculous’ plans to reduce car ownership and usage

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There have been previous proposals for a reduction or ban on car ownership and use from transport minister Trudy Harrison who said the UK needed a system “fit for the future”. London Mayor Sadiq Khan has also been vocal in his support for a reduction in car use for the benefit of the environment in London and across the UK.

The expansion of London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) in October showed Mr Khan’s and Transport for London’s commitment to lowering pollution levels in the capital.

In a new video, the Mayor is filmed in Leyton speaking about the benefits available to people if car use is reduced.

Sadiq Khan said: “London has a toxic air crisis, if we’re not careful, we’re going to go from one health crisis, a Covid one, to another one caused by poor air quality.

“More than a third of car trips made by Londoners could be walked in under 25 minutes, and two thirds could be cycled in under 20 minutes.

“We need to significantly reduce our city’s car use to ensure a greener, more sustainable future.”

The video shows Mr Khan walking through a low traffic neighbourhood in Leyton, which he and local councillors have praised for “transforming” the area.

Low traffic neighbourhoods have been used across London and in some other cities and aim to divert vehicle traffic away from particular areas with the goal of promoting walking and cycling.

Mr Khan added: “Congestion is one of the biggest risks to our health and to our economy.

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“It’s bad for business, it’s bad for health and it’s bad for the planet.

“We’ve determined that our recovery from this awful Covid pandemic is green, is clean and is sustainable.”

In response to this message, many Twitter users slammed the message, saying there were a number of issues with his plan.

One user, Zaki Choudhry said: “A few things here: Not really too safe to walk the streets of London especially after sunset.

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