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Banning Diesel Vehicles in London: Is 2040 Too Late?

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School of People, Environment and Planning, Massey University, Palmerston North 4442, New Zealand
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School of Architecture and Cities, University of Westminster, London NW1 5LS, UK
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Bartlett School of Planning, University College London, London WC1H 0NN, UK
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Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London, London W1T 4TJ, UK
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Department of Systems Management and Strategy, University of Greenwich, London SE10 9LS, UK
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Department of Social Work and Social Administration, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong 999077, China
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Energies 2019, 12(18), 3495; https://doi.org/10.3390/en12183495
Received: 27 July 2019 / Revised: 4 September 2019 / Accepted: 6 September 2019 / Published: 11 September 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Advances in Low Carbon Technologies and Transition)
Air pollution contributes to 9400 deaths annually in London and diesel vehicles are considered a major source of lethal air pollutants. Consequently, the UK government announced its intention to ban diesel vehicles by 2040 to achieve a sustainable zero-carbon road transport system. Since no empirical studies have used a bottom-up approach to seek Londoners’ views, it is therefore worth investigating the public opinion regarding this forthcoming ban. This paper aims to fill this research gap by taking London as a case study. A survey was designed, and fieldwork was conducted to distribute questionnaires to Londoners. Completed questionnaires were analysed using both quantitative and qualitative methods. The findings revealed that the majority of Londoners would be in favour of the ban if they were sufficiently exposed to the appropriate sources of information and were favourably disposed towards environmental protection measures. The results also showed that Londoners were more likely to switch to electric vehicles (EVs) if they were offered generous incentives and encouraged to use scrappage schemes. The present study makes a strong case for enforcing the ban well before 2040. The significance of this research is to provide clearer signals regarding the future of diesel vehicles, which in turn will strengthen the EV policy and uptake. View Full-Text
Keywords: low carbon technologies; low carbon transition; decarbonisation; zero carbon; air pollution; diesel ban; electric vehicles; transport policy; transport planning; London low carbon technologies; low carbon transition; decarbonisation; zero carbon; air pollution; diesel ban; electric vehicles; transport policy; transport planning; London
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Shammut, M.; Cao, M.; Zhang, Y.; Papaix, C.; Liu, Y.; Gao, X. Banning Diesel Vehicles in London: Is 2040 Too Late? Energies 2019, 12, 3495.

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