Ultra low emission streets

ULEV streets

We have launched 2 zones in the City Fringe that, during peak hours, will be restricted to walking, cycling and low emissions vehicles only (vehicles that emit 0-75g of CO2 per km driven). Petrol, diesel and older hybrid vehicles will not be permitted on the streets during these hours.

These zones, known as ultra low emissions streets, or ULEV streets, will prioritise low pollution transport, reducing the harmful effects of pollution in the City Fringe during commuting hours, making it easier and safer to walk and cycle and improving the character of the area for residents and businesses.

To minimise the disruption to residents and businesses, access to the streets will be maintained outside peak hours.

ULEV streets will be in operation Monday to Friday, 7-10am and 4-7pm.

Petrol, diesel or older hybrid vehicles which aren’t registered for an exemption aren’t permitted to enter the streets during the operating times. These vehicles will be identified by camera and issued with a penalty charge notice.

The ultra low emission streets zone

Do I need to apply for an exemption?

On-street parking permit holders are exempt

If you have recently applied for a new permit, you will need to tell us and register a new number plate for the exemption. The same applies if you are an existing permit holder and have recently changed your vehicle.

If you park off-street or have a motorbike

You don’t need to apply for a parking permit, but you will need to apply free of charge for an exemption for the vehicles registered at your address. This will allow you to drive in the ULEV streets zone when it’s closed to other traffic.


You can apply for an exemption to the scheme using the following form:

Apply for an exemption

If you have any further queries, please email movegreener@hackney.gov.uk.

Page updated on: 18 January 2023