London government have banned in the city center petrol and diesel carsAugust 23, 2018
For the first time, cars on gasoline and diesel will be fined on the streets of central London, as part of the most stringent restrictions for environmentally polluting vehicles. This is reported by the English edition of The Times.
The decision to ban was taken by the administration of the districts of Hackney and Islington and will enter into force on September 3 with the beginning of the academic year. So, everyone who does not yet ride an electric car or hybrid, will have to pay 130 pounds sterling. For entry into nine streets of London. These streets will be controlled by automatic license plate recognition cameras, and then fines will be sent to the owners of inappropriate cars seen during traffic in this area during rush hour.
The Corporation of the City of London is considering the possibility of introducing such measures in the main financial district. It was announced that access to one of the streets will be limited to “dirty” cars from April next year as part of a trial strategy that can be further expanded.
These measures are the first step of the rigid approach of Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, who earlier this year introduced a 10-day “fee for toxicity” for owners of older gasoline and diesel vehicles heading to the center of the capital.
On August 21, automobile groups welcomed the policy of improving air quality, but warned that “special” measures could confuse drivers, which would lead to a large number of fines.
There are serious concerns about the damage caused by polluting substances to air quality in specially built-up areas. It is estimated that 40,000 premature deaths in the UK are caused annually by air pollution (including emissions from diesel and gasoline vehicles).
Earlier, British lawmakers prepared a document stating that by 2040 there should not be a single car with an ICE and a hybrid in the country.