The City of London Corporation has announced plans to restrict vehicle use on one of its historic streets to ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) in a bid to tackle air pollution.
The trial will take place on Moor lane, which lies between Barbican and Moorgate.
It follows the introduction this week of differential charges for on-street parking in the City, where low or zero emission capable vehicles pay a lower charge but older, more polluting vehicles pay more.
A spokesperson for the Corporation said: ‘The pilot scheme at the southern section of Moor Lane will allow access to ultra-low emission vehicles only.
‘We are currently running a feasibility study on the trial. Following the study we will publicly consult on options for delivering the scheme in Autumn and the pilot will be delivered by April 2019.
‘We will carefully consider the results of the pilot scheme and use the outcomes to inform any future proposals for other areas of the Square Mile.’
The pilot is part of the Corporation’s Low Emission Neighbourhood project, jointly funded by the mayor of London and the City Corporation.
ULEVs are defined as emitting less 75g/km of carbon dioxide from the tailpipe. They include electric, plug-in hybrid, fuel cell and range of extended vehicles, such as the new taxi for London. Some conventional hybrid vehicles also meet this emission limit.
From April next year an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will be in place in central London, covering the same area as the current Congestion Charge. Drivers of vehicles that do not meet exhaust emission standards will pay an additional daily charge to travel within the zone.