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Europe's first 'electric car only' scheme launched in London

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Nine streets in the centre of London have been designated “electric car only” in a European first.

London boroughs Islington and Hackney have teamed up to ban petrol and diesel vehicles in a compact neighbourhood to the east of the busy Old Street roundabout.

The decision to implement the new Ultra Low Emissions Vehicles (ULEV) Streets scheme follows a period of public consultation. Petrol and diesel cars are now banned from the area in peak hours between 7am-10am and 4pm-7pm on weekdays.

Only vehicles producing less than 75g/km of CO2 are allowed between these hours, with fines of £130 for beaches of the new rules. The limits mean only fully electric, hydrogen and the very latest clean hybrids will be permitted in the area.

Feryal Demirci, Hackney’s 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.”

The scheme will be monitored by cameras using automatic number plate recognition. However, residents and businesses with existing on-street parking permits are exempt from the restrictions.

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