Hounslow Council's commitment is to have a cleaner, greener borough

One of the ways it is doing this is through initiatives that reduce air pollution across the borough.

Published: Wednesday, 28th June 2017

Image of Cllr Curran and Green Dragon Primary School pupil

One of the ways it is doing this is through initiatives that reduce air pollution across the borough.

The launch of a new car club, Blue-City – which uses vehicles that are 100 per cent electric – is one example. Residents can get free annual membership and 10 hours’ worth of free driving by using the code, "Earlybird 10". Visit the Blue-City website

Residents can hire the vehicles, for 17 pence a minute. They are located at Source London charge points across the borough and drivers can collect cars from one location and then leave it in another. There is no requirement to return it to where you picked it up.

The car club which was officially launched at Green Dragon Primary School, Brentford on National Clean Air Day earlier this month [June].

Another Council proposal to tackle air pollution is to charge resident parking permits based on emissions.

Residents with the lowest emission vehicles could get free permits, which replaces the 50 per cent discount they currently receive. There is also a possible £50 surcharge on diesel vehicles to discourage the use of cars that give out the most pollution.

The consultation runs until 12 midnight on Friday 24 July. Residents can have their say online by completing the online survey

Councillor Amrit Mann, Deputy Leader of Hounslow Council, said: “The Blue-City car club is a forward-thinking initiative in becoming more environmentally friendly and it will benefit our residents as it goes towards improving air quality.

“Air pollution is increasingly recognised as a major cause of serious illnesses. As a Council, we are looking at proposals to amend some existing permit prices to reflect the impact that different type of vehicles have on the air we breathe in.

“We want to reduce pollution and its effects and work towards improving the health of our residents and the air quality in our borough both now and for the future.”

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