Stoke Newington LTN exemption expanded to all Blue Badge holders in Hackney
Note: this press release was published in October 2021. For the latest information on exemptions for Hackney Blue Badge holders, visit: https://hackney.gov.uk/blue-badge/#ltn
All Blue Badge holders living in Hackney are now able to nominate one vehicle that will be exempt from the new 7am-7pm through-traffic restriction on Stoke Newington Church Street, in an expansion of the Council’s Blue Badge exemptions in low traffic neighbourhoods policy.
Originally the exemption only included residents with a companion badge - which must be registered to a residents’ own vehicle - while the Council worked on expanding it to more Blue Badge holders.
Now, all Hackney Blue Badge holders can apply to exempt one vehicle from the restriction on Stoke Newington Church Street - which could be their own, or a vehicle owned by a friend or relative.
The move to grant exemptions for Hackney Blue Badge holders is aimed at addressing concerns outlined by some people with disabilities following the introduction of low traffic neighbourhoods, and mitigating the impact of alternative routes on those who find it harder to take them.
We’re passionate about rebuilding a greener Hackney and supporting people to switch car journeys for more sustainable modes of transport.
While many are able to do this, we’ve heard from residents with disabilities who can’t make this switch, which is why we’ve introduced this policy to exempt Blue Badge holders from the Stoke Newington bus gate and applicable routes in future low traffic neighbourhood schemes.
The exemption currently only applies to the bus gate on Stoke Newington Church Street, but it would apply to traffic filters on applicable bus routes on low traffic neighbourhood trials introduced last year, if they are made permanent.
To find out more about the how to apply for an exemption, visit: https://hackney.gov.uk/blue-badge#ltn