The councils of the London boroughs of Hackney and Islington are consulting on a scheme which could see all but the cleanest vehicles banned from two zones in Shoreditch, an inner city district in East London. Gasoline, diesel and older hybrid vehicles would not be allowed to enter nine streets during the peak commuter periods of 7am-10am and 4pm-7pm Monday to Friday.
Ultra low emission vehicles such electric cars, e-bikes, the newest hybrids and hydrogen vehicles, as well as pedestrians and cyclists, would be allowed. ULEVs are vehicles that emit less than 75g/km CO2.
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 vehicle—this ground breaking scheme is the first step towards doing that.—Cllr Feryal Demirci, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Transport and Parks
The scheme is part funded through the Office For Low Emission Vehicles’ ‘Neighbourhods of the Future’ and forms part of the Mayor of London-funded Low Emission Neighborhood (LEN).