The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has launched a scheme through which motorists will be able to identify and avoid buying the most polluting diesel and petrol cars and vans through a new emissions scoring scheme. A similar scheme is to be launched in Paris.
The new online ‘cleaner vehicle checker’ will include test results for new car and van models on the market. This will free purchasers from having to rely on official testing - which the Mayor's press release says can be unrealistic.
Currently, cars have to pass Euro Standards emissions testing. 'Real world' test results have shown that many vehicles do not reach the standards shown by the tests in typical operating conditions.
The scheme - which the London authority says is the world's first - will see purchasers able to check nearly all new cars and most new van models on a special website which will launch this autumn. Vehicles included on the website will be given a ‘score’ based on their emissions.
Sadiq Khan, said: “My scheme will put an end to the smoke and mirrors that have been employed in official emissions tests.
"It will provide Londoners with an honest, accurate and independent evaluation of the emissions of most new cars and vans on our roads and on the showroom forecourt. By having ‘on the road’ testing I believe we will help Londoners make an informed choice and incentivise manufacturers to build cleaner vehicles sooner.
“This scheme is also a fantastic example of how big cities around the world can pool their expertise and their influence to encourage big industry to clean up its act. The toxicity of the air in London and many other big cities is an outrage, and schemes of the type we are introducing in London and Paris have the potential to make a massive difference to the quality of the air we all breathe.”