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Hackney and Islington councils consulting on ULEV-only streets

ULEV-only streets. Hackney clean air zone.

Hackney and Islington councils are consulting on a scheme which could see all but the cleanest vehicles banned from two zones in Shoreditch.

If implemented, it would mean that vehicles emitting more than 75g/km of C02 would be banned from entering nine streets between 7-10am and 4-7pm, Monday to Friday.

However, the consultation says that businesses and residents located in these zones will still be allowed to enter them free of charge during peak commuter periods as long as they have registered for an exemption.

Cllr Feryal Demirci, cabinet member for neighbourhoods, transport and parks, said: “The streets around Shoreditch suffer from some of the worst air quality in London – ultra low emission streets will have reduced levels of air and noise pollution, make it easier and safer to walk and cycle and improve the character of the area for all residents and businesses.

“To start with we’re proposing to ban petrol and diesel vehicles in the morning and evening rush hours to reduce people’s exposure to dangerous fumes and make the streets safer when people are walking and cycling to and from work and school.

“Our ultimate goal is to reclaim the streets from polluting motor vehicles – this ground breaking scheme is the first step towards doing that.”

The scheme is part-funded through by Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and forms part of the Mayor of London-funded Low Emission Neighbourhood scheme.

Residents, businesses and people who travel through the area are invited to have their say before February 14. For further information, click here.

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  • Tom Reading - 31/01/2018 14:30

    It's good to see that businesses are exempt from this proposal, but it does strike me as a worrying example of local authorities taking a piecemeal approach to emissions that could result in a myriad of different measures for fleets to negotiate. Islington is already considering hitting all diesel vehicles – including Euro 6 diesels and diesel hybrids – with a £2 per hour visitor parking surcharge, while the Mayor of London is introducing city wide measures. There needs to be a coordinated and consistent approach.

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