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Ice Cream Vans Chugging Around London Will Soon Be a Thing of the Past

A cult-favourite supermarket sweet causes angst online, and more food news today

Ice cream van ban in London comes in for summer 2019 Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Mr Whippy is causing global warming and hurting your lungs

The 99 — with a flake, or not — could become more elusive in parts of London, because traditional ice cream vans are chugging out tonnes of chemical by-products out of their diesel engines and into children’s lungs, over their cutesy jingle of choice. London councils are moving to ban the vans, install “no ice cream trading signs” — which are presumably the ice cream cone outline crossed with ‘no entry’ — and exercise stricter control than the standard London policy of 15 minutes’ continuous trading. Camden council is even planning to hand out fines to illicit ice cream floggers. While that council — and Westminster — are looking to introduce permanent power points so that vans can trade without engines on, a summertime tradition in the city looks to be slowly melting away. [Evening Standard]

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