This post was first published by My London on 17/07/2019.
Residents’ parking in Croydon could cost almost nothing if you drive an electric car
Croydon has set its sights on becoming “London’s greenest borough” by charging residents with environmentally friendly cars less to park, and diesels more.
A new proposal by Croydon Council shows how car owners can save up to 90% on their annual parking bill by switching to an environmentally-friendly vehicle, but drivers with diesel cars could end up paying more.
Under the proposed plans, drivers with the least polluting vehicles would be offered significant discounts for residential parking permits with some costing as little as £6.50 a year.
Just like car taxation, the council’s emissions-based charging scheme would take account of how much carbon dioxide a vehicle generates per kilometre to determine what the driver should pay, while diesel drivers face an additional charge.
Anyone with a diesel car older older than 2013 already has to pay ULEZ charges, which currently apply to central London but are expected to reach the entirety of Inner London and eventually Outer London.
Promoting the use of greener vehicles, the council also has vowed to also introduce 400 electric vehicle charging points across the borough.
Councillor Stuart King, cabinet lead for environment and transport at Croydon Council, said: “We are committed to making Croydon London’s greenest borough as we work to address the climate emergency the world faces.
“This scheme is part of a range of measures the council is looking at taking to help make the whole borough more sustainable and builds on our success over the past year.
“In this case, we are offering up to a 90% discount for parking permits for the lowest emission vehicles. We are working hard to make Croydon London’s greenest borough, and reducing air pollution is at the heart of that challenge.”
Nearly three quarters of respondents to a council survey for the Local Implementation Plan in September 2019 were concerned about air quality in the borough. One of the key ways to improve air quality is to have less polluting vehicles on our road.
A public consultation has been held on the plans, with feedback being presented at the Traffic Management Advisory Committee on Wednesday (July 24).
If approved, the new scheme would be implemented to residents permits first before a similar scheme for businesses and all other permits from 2020.
The council is also planning a separate consultation around the on-street changes and changes for parking in council-owned car parks for a later date.