UK’s first ultra-low emission streets come to the City Fringe

Only the cleanest vehicles will be able to use certain streets in Shoreditch during peak hours from today, as part of a pioneering new scheme to reduce pollution for residents, businesses and pedestrians in the congested City Fringe area.

The nine Ultra Low Emissions (ULEV) streets, the first of their kind in the capital, came into force on 3 September.

Petrol, diesel and all other vehicles emitting more than 75g/km of CO2 will be banned from the streets between 7 and 10am and 4 and 7pm from Monday to Friday, reducing harmful emissions while people are travelling to work and school and making it easier to walk and cycle in the area.

The restrictions cover Rivington Street, Charlotte Road, Cowper Street, Singer Street, Tabernacle Street, Paul Street, Ravey Street, Willow Street and Blackall Street.

The Ultra Low Emissions Streets are being introduced by Hackney and Islington councils, with funding from the Mayor of London’s Air Quality Fund, and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles' Go Ultra Low City Scheme


Cllr Feryal Demirci, Deputy Mayor
Failing to act on poor air quality, which causes nearly 10,000 premature deaths across London every year, is not an option, and that’s why we’re being bolder than ever in our efforts to tackle it.

We’re thrilled to be launching our Ultra Low Emissions Streets - the first of their kind in the UK - which will reclaim the streets from polluting petrol and diesel vehicles, and improve the area for thousands of people every day.
Cllr Feryal Demirci, Deputy Mayor

Residents and businesses with addresses and existing parking permits or vehicles with associated off-street parking in the ULEV streets will be exempt from the restrictions. Non-permitted vehicles, including delivery vehicles, taxis and through traffic will not be exempt and will face a Penalty Charge Notice if they enter the streets during peak hours.

To find out more, visit www.hackney.gov.uk/ulev-streets.