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No parking permits for fossil fuel cars?


06 March 2020

Owners of petrol and diesel cars could be refused on-street parking permits by the London Borough of Islington as it attempts to deliver net zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2030.

The Labour-controlled borough is to investigate phasing out resident and business parking permits for petrol and diesel cars by 2030. To help achieve the objective, permit charges could be restructured in advance of that date. 

The proposal features in Islington’s new strategy for becoming net zero carbon by 2030. 

Another proposed action is to “introduce a borough-wide lorry control scheme, working towards banning lorries from driving through the borough on residential roads”. 

Asked what this meant, a council spokeswoman told LTT: “The London Lorry Control Scheme (LLCS) controls the movement of heavy goods vehicles over 18 tonnes maximum gross weight. It operates at night and at weekends on specific roads in London helping to minimise noise and pollution. Islington already has the majority of residential roads restricted by a 7.5 tonne weight restriction, our proposals are to extend this to include all our residential streets.”

The borough also plans to enforce the controls with cameras in the future, she said

Islington will also consider expanding the restriction to cover all vehicles over 3.5 tonnes. “We have one 3.5 tonne trial restriction in the borough, which is still in the 18-month trial phase,” said the spokeswoman. 

A freight consolidation strategy is proposed “to reduce the impact of on-street deliveries, particularly at peak times, through measures to limit access at peak times and encouraging the use of cargo bikes”.

‘School Streets’ traffic restrictions will be introduced across primary schools, where practical, by 2022. 

The council will also explore a workplace parking levy. 


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