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Peak-time ban for petrol and diesel cars around Old Street

Motorists to be hit by fines of up to £130 if they enter some Islington roads as Town Hall cracks down on pollution

24 August, 2018 — By Samantha Booth

PETROL and diesel cars will be banned from some Islington roads at peak times to tackle air pollution.

Drivers entering the streets, on the city fringe border of Islington and Hackney, between 7am and 10am and 4pm and 7pm on weekdays from Monday, September 3, will be fined up to £130.

Cameras will enforce the fines, which will be reduced to £65 if paid in two weeks.

The plans are the first of their kind in the country, which allow only low-emissions vehicles, such as electric or clean hybrids to enter the roads free of charge.

Exemptions will apply for some vehicles and those already parked in the zones before the enforced times.

However, only 56 per cent of respondents supported the proposals at consultation earlier this year, with 40 per cent opposing. It applies to nine streets – Rivington Street, Charlotte Road, Cowper Street, Singer Street, Tabernacle Street, Paul Street, Willow Street, Ravey Street and Blackall Street.

Tim Dennis, general manager at XOYO nightclub in Cowper Street, said they supported the plans and will be speaking with suppliers to inform them of the restrictions.

“I’ve lived in London for 10 years and I stopped cycling four years ago as you didn’t feel safe and it was so smoky breathing in, there were car fumes everywhere,” said Mr Dennis.

This year, the Town Hall brought in a surcharge for diesel cars parking in Islington which collected £600,000 in just three months.

Islington’s transport chief Cllr Claudia Webbe said: “This ground-breaking proposal for ‘electric streets’ – the first of its kind in the UK – will prioritise low-pollution transport such as electric cars and cut polluting vehicles during peak hours in the streets surrounding Central Foundation Boys’ School in Islington – the most polluted state secondary in London.

“If the scheme works and it helps to significantly reduce pollution levels, then of course Islington will consider another cluster of streets that could be transformed into ‘electric streets’. At the moment we don’t have any proposals or plans for more ULEV (ultra-low emission vehicle) zones in Islington, but any new ULEV zones would be subject to full consultation.”

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