23.8.2018Petrol and diesel cars to be banned from East London roads
Hackney and Islington have announced that from 3rd September this year, only electric and plug-in hybrid cars will be permitted to uses some roads in the two London boroughs during peak-times.
In a new measure, which if successful is likely to be replicated across London, nine roads will be effectively closed to petrol and diesel cars between 7am-10am and 4pm-7pm on weekdays.
The affected roads under the new scheme are Blackall Street, Cowper Street, Paul Street, Tabernacle Street, Ravey Street, Singer Street, Willow Street, Charlotte Road and Rivington Street.
The only cars allowed to enter during these peak periods will be those classed as Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEVs) which emit less than 75g/km C02, including fully electric, the majority of plug-in hybrids and all hydrogen vehicles and some of the â€˜cleanestâ€™, least polluting, hybrid vehicles.
The vehicle restrictions will be the toughest yet in the capital, with drivers of vehicles not compliant being liable to pay a Â£130 penalty, significantly more that the Mayorâ€™s central London Toxicity Charge for drivers of older petrol and diesel vehicles which is currently Â£10 per day.
Islington Green Party councillor and London Assembly member Caroline Russell said: â€œIslington and Hackney have seized the opportunity to give people a really strong message about taking pollution seriously and to show the scale of Londonâ€™s health emergency.â€
While the current EU legal limit for nitrogen dioxide is an annual average of 40 micrograms per cubic metre, this was breached at more than 50 monitoring sites in London last year, accounting for thousands of premature deaths in the capital each tear.