A Few London Roads Live the No Petrol Engines Dream

By Gary Cutlack on at

A handful of streets in London are about to get slightly less grimy and stinky, thanks to two local green-leaning councils banning petrol and diesel-engined vehicles entirely.

But possibly not forever, as it's being tagged as a trial for the time being. Oh and it's not all of the time even during this test period, as the councils of Hackney and Islington are only targeting the weekday peak car stress times of 7:00am to 10:00am and 4:00pm to 7:00pm. And, even then, it's only happening on nine roads: Blackall Street, Cowper Street, Paul Street, Tabernacle Street, Ravey Street, Singer Street, Willow Street, Charlotte Road and Rivington Street, and we're pretty sure London has way more than nine roads.

Also, hybrid vehicles are allowed, so if the driver puts his or her foot down to make life hard for a cyclist the petrol part of the machine could still kick in, creating fumes. So it's a bit of a fudge but probably helps someone hit a target somewhere deep inside local government. The new restrictions enter service on September 3. [Standard]