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Friday 27 October 2017

Last month we told you that The Greater London Authority were planning to introduce a vehicle checking service which would identify vehicles with the least-polluting engines - well the service is now live!

Following the 'dieselgate’ scandal, Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is hoping to restore public confidence with the new service, after many Londoners brought what they thought to be ‘cleaner’ cars, but later discovered official testing processes had been fudged.

The Cleaner Vehicle Checker is a world first and has been designed to help motorists buy new cars with the cleaner, less-polluting engines. 

The online tool provides an independent rating of nearly all new Euro 6 standard cars and many vans being sold in the UK. All consumers have to do is type in details of a new vehicle model to find out how it performed in the latest independent tests.

London estate agents will also be able to use a customised Fleet Check service to learn more about the emission performance of company cars. By providing details online, you're able to identify the most polluting vehicles and consider ways to replace these with much cleaner alternatives.

The type of car Londoners choose to buy can make a big difference to the level of pollution in the capital. The Cleaner Vehicle Checker will rate new (euro 6 standard cars) on a scale of A+ (best) to H (worst) based on the level of NOx emissions they produce on the road.

It is estimated that 7.9 million Londoners currently live in areas exceeding World Health Organization air quality guidelines. The Cleaner Vehicle Checker forms part of the mayor's hard-hitting plans to tackle London’s toxic air quality, which include the new £10 toxicity charge (T-Charge) that was introduced alongside the congestion charge in central London on 23 October.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said:

“With sales of diesel cars falling, motorists are more aware than ever about the pollution levels of the cars they drive. Our toxic air is a shameful health crisis and London motorists deserve to know how much filthy emissions new cars may produce before they purchase them.

“The Cleaner Vehicle Checker will help provide the accurate and independent information Londoners need to make informed choices and opt for cleanest vehicles. This scheme shows how the combined efforts of academic, engineering and health experts can join together to help consumers and ultimately help improve air quality.”

Cllr Julian Bell, Chair of London Councils' Transport and Environment Committee, commented:

“London Councils welcomes the Mayor’s Cleaner Vehicle Checker. Given the seriousness of air pollution in London and with the introduction of the T-Charge coming on 23 October, it is important that London’s residents and businesses are supported to make decisions with the most up-to-date data sets that have been independently verified when looking to buy new vehicles. Air pollution is a public health crisis and we collectively need to clean London’s vehicles to start tackling this.”