The restrictions will be imposed on Beech Street, which largely runs in a tunnel beneath the Barbican estate Petrol and diesel cars will be completely banned from a city centre road under plans for Britain’s first 24-hour zero-emission street. Drivers of pure combustion engine cars will face £130 fines for entering the road in the City of London where levels of toxic air regularly exceed the legal limits. Electric and hydrogen vehicles that do not release any tailpipe emissions will be permitted. Hybrid vehicles that run on both a combustion engine and battery power will also be allowed provided they are capable of being driven in zero-emission mode for at least 20 miles. The restrictions will be imposed on Beech Street, which largely runs in a tunnel beneath the Barbican estate, and will be in place for 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It is probably the toughest measure taken to cut air pollution in built-up areas. An estimated 40,000 premature deaths a year are caused by air pollution, including vehicle emissions. Hackney and Islington councils introduced a similar ban on all petrol and diesel vehicles from nine streets in east London last year, although it is […]

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