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Afternoon round-up: London Zero Emission Zones, Seat, VW recalls, pothole repairs

Zero Emission Zones to come into force from 2020

Central London Air Quality

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced plans to roll-out Zero Emission Zones from 2020 in order to clean up London’s air.

Originally, the zones – which are to be located in some town centres – were to be introduced from 2025, however, Khan claimed businesses said these should be delivered sooner to boost the uptake of electric vehicles.

The zones are included as part of the London Environment Strategy and has been presented to the London Assembly for approval.

“This strategy sets out my plans to clean up our filthy air with bold new air quality measures, tackle waste and promote cleaner energy so we can make London a healthier city that adapts to the impacts of climate change,” Khan said.

Recalls for Seat Ibiza, Arona and VW Polo

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Seat and Volkswagen have confirmed that recalls will begin “within weeks” to fix an issue that can cause the left rear seatbelt to be released whilst the car is moving.

It affects the Seat Ibiza (2017 and 18 model year), Seat Arona (2018 model year) and the 2018 model year Volkswagen Polo.

The issue can occur when sudden lane changes take place and all three of the rear seats are occupied.

As a precaution, the brands have advised customers not to use the middle rear seat until a replacement belt has been fitted.

Pothole repairs ‘costing insures £1m a month’

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Repairing damage to vehicles after they hit potholes is costing motorists and insurance companies a million pounds a month, the AA has claimed.

According to the AA, the number of claims it has received for pothole damage in the first four months of this year has already exceeded 2017’s total.

The motoring organisation said blamed budget cuts meant local authorities are not able to properly maintain roads.

“Local council budgets have been squeezed to the extent that competing priorities mean they don’t have the resources to keep their roads up to scratch,” said Janet Connor, the AA’s director of insurance. “Our nation’s highways have become a national embarrassment.”