Ultra-Low Emissions Streets – thin end of the wedge?

4th September 2018

The Road Haulage Association is astonished at the decision by Hackney and Islington councils to ban petrol and diesel vehicles from a number of streets in the two London boroughs.

Ultra-Low Emissions Streets sees non-compliant vehicles prohibited from nine roads near Old Street during peak times in a bid – the councils say – to reduce emissions. Non-compliant vehicles face £130 fines.

In an alarming move the local authorities have drawn up their own emissions standard (75g/km of CO2) rather than using NOx levels applied in other CAZ/LEZ areas.

RHA chief executive, Richard Burnett believes that this sets a precedent for other councils nationwide to impose ill-conceived measures to tackle their failures to manage pollution levels. 

He said: “It’s the thin end of the wedge for motorists and businesses if local authorities make up their own emissions standards and impose punitive charges to enforce them.

“This is indicative of a worrying anti-vehicle, anti-trade mindset in local government that fails to understand the need for businesses to be able to move goods when customers need them.”