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Volvo celebrates proposed changes to congestion charge

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Volvo is celebrating the announcement that London mayor Boris Johnson will be launching a consultation on the exiting exemption for hybrid and alternatively-powered vehicles.

Having instigated the Emission Equality Congestion Charge campaign, Volvo now believes that traditional internal-combustion cars such as its Volvo S40 DRIVe, which emits less CO2 than most hybrids, will be exempt too.

Under the mayor's proposals, cars registered after January 1st 2011 which emit less than 100g/km of CO2 a meet the Euro V standard for air quality can travel through central London for free.

Volvo Car UK's managing director Peter Rask said: "I'm very pleased that this consultation has been launched and the proposals could give Londoners a far broader choice of low-emission cars in the future."

The Swedish manufacturer recently re-iterated its commitment to sustainability in both its cars and their production when it published its Volvo Cars' Corporate and Sustainability Report for 2009/2010.
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