City of London introduces emissions-linked parking fees

New emissions-based on-street parking charges have been announced by the City of London Corporation for drivers parking in the Square Mile, starting on Monday 20th August.

The new parking charges will target higher-polluting vehicles with increased charges, while rewarding owners of low emission vehicles with lower tariffs.

Using RingGo's emissions based parking system, the initiative looks to encourage drivers into greener models and improve air quality in the area. The City Corporation is the first to offer a range of charges based on a vehicle's fuel type.

The following tariff bands will operate on weekdays from 8am to 7pm when air quality is at its worst:

Type of vehicle Cost per 15 mins Cost per hour
Low emission (e.g.g electric, hybrid) £1 £4
Petrol vehicles registered from 2005 onwards £1.30 £5.20
Diesel vehicles registered from 2015 onwards £1.30 £5.20
Other £1.70 £6.80

These tariffs are available by using the RingGo app, with motorists still choosing to use a ticket machine paying the highest rate.

Chris Hayward, Planning and Transportation Committee Chairman at the City of London Corporation, said: "We have seen other areas of London penalise worst offenders such as diesel cars. We are taking this one step further by not only applying punitive measures for these worst offenders but by supporting and encouraging motorists to consider other modes of transport and switch to cleaner vehicles in the future.

"98% of all parking in the City is paid for by mobile phone so RingGo's Emissions Based Parking is a great way of reminding motorists of the impact of their journey each and every time they travel.

"The Square Mile is one of London’s busiest areas, therefore, it is only right that the City of London Corporation continues to prioritise providing a safe and healthy environment for its workers, visitors and residents."

Peter O'Driscoll, UK Country Manager for RingGo, commented: "The government is promoting Clean Air Zones as the best way to influence motorists' behaviour. But these take several years to set up, not to mention requiring considerable expenditure.

"With no physical infrastructure needed, RingGo’s Emissions Based Parking provides similar outcomes at a fraction of the cost and can be set up in a matter of weeks."

The introduction of environmentally friendly tariffs for on-street parking charges is one of the many measures being introduced by the City Corporation to improve air quality in the Square Mile.

For example, City residents in the Barbican who use an electric vehicle have access to 30 permanent charging points across the iconic Grade II-listed estate.

Find out more about electric cars here

Chris Lilly

Author:Chris Lilly
Date Updated:16th Aug 2018

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