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Low Emission Zones: Ambulance Services

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received on (a) the establishment of low emission zones by local authorities and (b) the charges which may be imposed on ambulances operated by St. John Ambulance entering these zones; and if he will make a statement. (256915)

None, although the Department continues to discuss with a number of stakeholders, including the Environmental Industries Commission, DEFRA and CENEX, the role of low emissions zones.

The establishment of a low emission zone is a matter for consideration by the relevant local authority, as are the criteria and standards for a scheme. That is, the criteria and standards, including which vehicles are affected and any exemptions, are determined by the relevant local authority as the scheme sponsor. This is most evident with the London low emission zone where Transport for London, directed by the London Mayor, administer and monitor the scheme.