St John Ambulance vehicles will help create a cleaner,
With the introduction of the Low Emission Zone
by Transport for London from February 2008, St John Ambulance are
set to update their vehicles to fit with new standards over the
next two years.
London currently suffers the
worst air pollution in the UK. Transport for London will be
introducing the Low Emission Zone to combat this. The zone
will apply to lorries over 12 tonnes from February 2008. From July
2008, it will also apply to lighter lorries, buses and coaches, and
other heavy vehicles. Large vans, including ambulances, will need
to fit the requirements by 2010. Certain St John Ambulance vehicles
will be affected initially and progressively until 2010.
We will find a way to make sure that all our vehicles meet the standards of the low emission zone so we can continue to provide first-class first aid support to Londoners.
Chief Executive of St John Ambulance in London
Len Bamber, Chief Executive of St John
Ambulance in London, said: ‘We could see up to 30% of our fleet in
London needing to be adapted or replaced, at a cost of up to £4
million by 2010. This cost will be considerable but as a major
health charity we are wholly behind the need to reduce pollution.
We will find a way to make sure that all our vehicles meet the
standards of the low emission zone so we can continue to provide
first-class first aid support to Londoners.’
Many St John Ambulance vehicles from outside
London enter the capital to support London events and incidents and
will also need to be adapted or replaced.