Taxi Pollution Hot Topic in London Mayor Election Says KleenAir
The London Taxi Times goes on to say that "supposedly secret meetings with the PCO (Public Carriage Office, the London government regulator for taxicabs) that deal with emissions have now become the trade's best-known and worst-kept secrets, while drivers are left worrying about the future of their vehicles. The cost of fitting add-on systems is presently in the region of GBP 2,500 (approx. $4,600) and the Mayor's office proposes an extra 20p (approx. $0.37) per journey to meet the costs of fitting add-ons."
In an interview on June 3, 2004 on ITV in London, Ken Livingstone, the current Mayor, who has a 10 point lead in the election race which will take place on Thursday, June 10, 2004, said, "We don't think that there should be a burden on the cab driver and we will work with the Energy Savings Trust and government to make certain that we actually provide financial support."
KleenAir, through its European systems integrator Dinex, is at present the only approved product in the category (SCRF) that has the highest grant level from the Energy Savings Trust and removes almost all particulates and NOx as well as CO and HC. Its main competition is LPG conversions which are much more expensive.
"The Mayor's confirmation that cleaning up taxi pollution in London is a high priority and that the task must be concluded over the next three years with government financial support or fare increases, is welcome news for KleenAir, which has completed over 200 satisfactory tests on London taxis over the last several years and is positioned to be the primary beneficiary of the Mayor's Clean Air initiatives," said Lionel Simons, President of KleenAir Systems.
KleenAir is at the cutting edge of automotive emission reduction technology including Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR), Diesel Particulate Filters, Diesel Oxidizing Catalysts and advanced catalytic technology that significantly reduces nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, hydrocarbon and particulates. These pollutants have been shown to be a major contributor to heart and lung disease.
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