LONDON WILL become a low emission zone by 2007, reelected mayor Ken Livingstone said this week.
Thousands of buses, lorries, cars and taxis will be subject to low emission requirements, forcing them to reduce the volume of pollutants they emit.
Livingstone outlined his priorities for the next four years at his first press conference since beating conservative candidate Steven Norris in the mayoral race by 11% last week.
The London low emission zone feasibility study, carried out in July 2003, recommends that the zone stretches up to but does not include the M25.
London's air quality is the worst in the UK and is in danger of breaching European air quality targets that come into effect from 2005.
Reduction targets have been set for particulate matter (PM10) and nitrogen dioxide (NO The biggest polluters are older vehicles manufactured before European legislation clamped down on vehicle emissions in 1993. This was then tightened in 1996, again in 2001 and will become stricter still in 2006.
On other infrastructure Livingstone reiterated his commitment to Crossrail and the East London Line and said that he expects both projects to be given the green light this year.
On London Underground he said that Transport for London would 'bear down on the Infracos running the Tube to ensure they deliver £1bn of improvements effectively and efficiently'.