Richmond upon Thames Council in southwest London has drawn up proposals to charge more for residents’ parking permits for those with cars that produce higher CO2 emissions and less for the least polluting cars.
Under the proposals, which go before the council’s cabinet on 6 November, those with the lowest emitting vehicles will pay nothing while others will qualify for reductions of up to 50%. There will be a sliding scale for higher emission vehicles with the highest being charged up to three times (£300, US$563) what they currently pay for their annual parking permits.
Also contained in the report are proposals to charge households an extra 50% for permits on second and subsequent cars in addition to the adjusted payments for emissions. Thus, a household with two high-emitting cars could end up paying £750 for parking rather than £200.
The proposals, if implemented, will be a national first.
Climate change is the single greatest challenge facing the world today. We can no longer bury our heads in the sand and pretend that it is not happening, or that dealing with it is up to somebody else. And Richmond upon Thames is one of the highest CO2 emitting boroughs in London.
For too long, it has been seen as a problem that only central governments or international organizations could address. The truth is that we must all start acting now at local level.
First and foremost, we must identify what we can do and there is a lot that can be done locally that will make a real difference. Second, this is about showing real leadership—local government has an increasingly pivotal role to play, with our communities, in this and other important issues. We must continue to think global but act local.
We believe that there would be a 15% cut in emissions if everybody bought a car one band lower than they have at present.
I am under no illusions that there will be strongly held views on both sides of the argument—this is no easy win. However, we believe it is the right thing to do and, following consultation, it is our hope to be in a position to implement the proposals by the New Year.—Cllr Serge Lourie, Leader of Richmond upon Thames Council
The report containing the proposals and going before the council’s cabinet on 6 November will also be considered by the Environment and Sustainability Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 1 November.
An extensive consultation will be carried out among 3,500 households and 1,000 businesses in the borough. Anybody requiring more information and wishing to register their comments should go to www.richmond.gov.uk/CO2_consultation or write to the Council to obtain a leaflet.
|Proposed Parking Charges by Car Type|
|Band||CO2/kg||First Permit||Second Permit||Example (Gasoline)||Example (Diesel)|
|A||Up to 100||Free||Free||Honda Insight||Smart diesel|
|50% increase on 1st (£75)||Toyota Prius
|Citroën C2 1.4|
Ford Fiesta 1.4
(+ pre-2001 cars <1.549L)
|50% increase on 1st (£110)||Fiat Panda 1.2
Ford Ka 1.3
|VW Golf 1.9 TDI|
Jaguar X-type 2.0
|50% increase on 1st (£165)||Peugeot 307 1.4
Nissan Micra 1.4
|VW Passat estate 1.9 TDI|
(+ pre-2001 cars 1.549L – 3.0L)
|50% increase on 1st (£195)||Ford Mondeo saloon 1.8i
Rover 75 1.8
|Mazda 5 2.0 TD|
Jaguar S-type 2.7 saloon
|50% increase on 1st (£225)||Toyota Rav4 2.0
Audi A4 1.6
|Land Rover Freelander 2.0|
BMW 5 series 3.0 estate
|G||More than 225
(+ pre-2001 cars >3.0L)
|50% increase on 1st (£450)||Renault Espace 2.0
BMW X5 4.8
(A hat-tip to Max!)