17/02/2017 London News


17/02/2017

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With thousands of people dying prematurely every year in London

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because of air pollution, the Mayor is determined to tackle

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the problem and today he outlined plans to introduce the so called

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Drivers of some of the oldest and dirtiest vehicles will be

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charged an extra ?10 on top of the congestion charge to come

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It will affect about 10,000 vehicles every weekday but many say

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Our Political Correspondent Karl Mercer reports.

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My name is Sadiq Khan, I'm the Mayor of London.

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Signed up at an early age to the Mayor of London's

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But tackling London's air quality will need more than posters.

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So today, we learned of City Hall's new steps.

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First, of course, we had the congestion charge -

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13 years on, the toxicity charge is coming, later this year drivers

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of the most polluting cars will have to dig deeper.

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The new charge will come in on October the 23rd.

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Older vehicles will be charged ?10 on top of the current

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congestion charge of ?11.50, meaning that they will pay ?21.50

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It is estimated 10,000 vehicles per day would currently be

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Although City Hall says it thinks that 4000 of those

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I've deliberately not done this overnight.

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Notwithstanding my big election victory last May,

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65% of Londoners want me to take bold action, that's why I'm

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The T charge will take place from October the 23rd and from 2019.

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There will be an ultra low emission zone.

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I know that when I walk to school, I can just inhale the toxic fumes.

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We need to contain this, this is one of the world's megacities.

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Support here today, and some key questions for the Mayor.

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For some people, maybe that small charge is something that they cannot

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Those who are just surviving, just getting by, just about managing

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to have a car in the first place, whatever the charge will be,

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?10, it can be really damaging to some people.

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Although the mayor is targeting cars of around ten years old,

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even some new cars will be just as polluting.

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Their emissions on the road are very different to those

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It raises awareness which is a good thing, the fact that we are putting

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information out into the public domain so consumers can make good

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choices is a good thing and I think pressure needs to be put

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technology in the vehicles perform on the road as they do in the lab.

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City Hall says the so-called T charge is just one part of efforts

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A campaign that the mayor has put at the top of his agenda.

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Well, if you'd like to know whether you'll be affected

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by the charges, you can check your vehicle

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Domestic violence victims in seventeen London boroughs

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will get extra help, thanks to nearly ?3 million

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The money will go towards extra beds in refuge

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accomodation, giving survivors somewhere safe to live

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while they receive training to help them back into work.

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Thousands of Vauxhall workers in Luton are waiting to hear

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about the future of their jobs after crunch talks in Paris.

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The Business Secretary Greg Clark has been in the French capital

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as Peugeot considers a takeover of General Motors.

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It is a deal which could create the second-largest

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But, how many jobs would remain in the UK?

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They've been doing this at the Vauxhall plant

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in Luton since 1905, but there are very real fears

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this potential takeover could lead to job losses,

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Guido is just one worker recently laid off.

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We thought there was a contract coming, and they just said

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that they had to get rid of 48 people.

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US giant General Motors employs 4500 people at its two UK plants

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But tens of thousands more work in its retail and supply chain.

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On Tuesday, it emerged that GM was in advanced talks with French

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manufacturer Peugeot Citroen, which wants to buy its European arm.

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With 14 factories in France and Germany, part of that equation

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too, there could be a 3-way tussle for job security.

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The French and German governments are meeting,

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and that would be to secure the future for their plants,

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and we want to make certain that the UK is not sitting

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The Business Secretary is determined that will not happen.

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Greg Clark met with GM officials earlier this week,

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and then went straight to Paris to meet Peugeot executives.

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In October, Nissan raised doubts over their future here due to Brexit

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but was appeased with assurances from the government.

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There is no doubt that the climate is tough.

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Vauxhall is a European company, most of its production goes

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to the rest of the European Union, most of its components

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The big uncertainty of freedom of trade within Europe

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and the single market, the customs union, you know,

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if you are a French manager, choosing between a British

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and a German operation now, frankly it is a bit of a no-brainer.

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So far, workers in Luton are in the dark.

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We haven't heard the ins and outs of it yet.

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They've just said that they will let us know when they know.

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I think that most people are fairly stoic about it,

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Until they talk to us, we cannot do anything.

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With the French government heavily invested in Peugeot and German jobs

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three times more expensive to get rid of than here, there

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That's it for now from me, but lets find out what the weather's

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up to this weekend with Helen Willetts.

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-- with John Hammond. Red sky at night, Shepherd's the like. There

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are not too many shepherds in the centre of London, but you get the

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drift. It is going to be a nice weekend. I don't promise a huge

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amount of sunshine, but we will see some bright spells, very well

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indeed. Most of the weather action will be in the north-west. Further

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south and east, the cloud is patchy. Temperatures are bit down quite low

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under clear skies. Some mist has been forming. Most of the fog will

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be on the high ground in the morning. Be aware of that if you are

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setting out early. Six Celsius typically, with some places chillier

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than that. It will start of murky in the morning, but the sun will come

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out for a good few of us at some stage through the afternoon. 14

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Celsius is possible. In the early part of next week, we could see 16

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Celsius in a few spots. part of next week, we could see 16

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Celsius in a few spots. Here is knit with the National output.

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We have turned things around in the space of a week, with a more

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springlike feel out there. Some places may get as high as 17 Celsius

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on Monday. That is the exception, and most of us won't see that.

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Plenty of cloud throughout this weekend. It is already producing

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some outbreaks of rain in western and northern parts overnight will

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stop not amounting to too much, affecting western Scotland later in

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the

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