City of London considering putting a ban on non-electric cars
Non-electric cars could be set to be banned from the roads of
the City of London due to high nitrogen dioxide pollution, a recent report suggests.
The City of London is considering a pilot scheme that will
temporarily ban non-electric cars and plug-in hybrids from Low Emission Zones
in order to reduce pollution.
According to the Financial Times, London’s financial centre
is the hotspot for nitrogen dioxide pollution which is exacerbated by the
area’s narrow roads and high buildings.
To combat high pollution levels, the City of London’s air
quality manager Ruth Calderwood said, “The district could introduce provisional
“ultra-low emission vehicle” roads where only electric or plug-in hybrid cars
would be allowed to pass”.
Calderwood added, “What we realise is the Ultra-Low Emission
Zone won’t be quite enough for us to meet the limit values, so we are going to
have to look at additional measures at our busiest roadsides”
The Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will be introduced in
April 2019 and will require owners of petrol and diesel cars to meet the ‘Euro’
standards. Owners of vehicles that are over a decade old will have to pay an
extra fee on top of the congestion charge.
What impact the ULEZ will have on the City of London
pollution levels is still not known.
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