Dr Samantha Walker, Director of Research and Policy at Asthma UK says:
“Toxic air is a major threat to the nation’s health, so we welcome the ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ) in London, which could pave the way to safer air for people with asthma.
“Around 400,000* people in London with asthma could be affected by air pollution, leaving them struggling to breathe, in and out of hospital and at risk of a having a life-threatening asthma attack.
“A study part-funded by Asthma UK on the impact of London’s Low-Emission Zone (LEZ) found that after the zone was put in place children had lower levels of these gases in their lungs. Given that the new Ultra-Low Emission Zone will have even stricter standards on exhaust emissions, we are hopeful it will reduce air pollution and help people with asthma stay well.
“But a piecemeal approach is not enough. Air pollution isn’t just happening in London - it needs to be tackled across the UK. The Government must commit to targets that reduce toxic air in the UK to the legal levels recommended by the World Health Organisation, so that everyone with asthma can breathe clean air.”