Have your say on proposals for emissions-based parking charges and parking charges on Sundays in Hounslow town centre

The council is proposing introducing parking charges linked to vehicle emissions, for parking in on-street pay and display bays and in council-run car parks.

Published: Wednesday, 22nd January 2020

The council is proposing introducing differential parking charges linked to vehicle emissions, for sessional parking in on-street pay and display bays and in council-run car parks.  This is in order to incentivise a move away from higher emission vehicles and towards low or zero emission models.

For example, the current flat rate of £1.20 per half hour on street would be replaced with a variable rate as follows:

Period

Charges for zero emission vehicle

Charges for low emission vehicle (defined below)

Charges for all other vehicles

Up to 30 minutes

£0.80

£1.20

£1.60

Zero and low emission vehicles generate significantly less local air pollution, especially NO2, so more residents switching to less polluting vehicles would help improve air quality in the borough in line with the council’s Air Quality Action Plan.  This in turn would have a positive impact on the health of the borough’s residents.

Pollution from road vehicles accounts for around a third of carbon dioxide emissions in London. In line with the council’s declaration of a climate emergency last year, Hounslow has committed to taking action to reduce carbon emissions wherever it has influence.

For these proposed changes, "low emission” for a passenger vehicle means a vehicle registered on or after 1 April 2017 whose CO2 emissions figure does not exceed 50g/km, and for a goods vehicle, means a vehicle registered on or after 1 April 2017 whose emissions figure does not exceed 100g/km. For pay and display parking, these discounts will only be available to those using the PaybyPhone system and will be applied automatically once an eligible vehicle is registered with them.

The Vehicle Certification Agency has produced a helpful webpage to check vehicles' emission levels: that can be accessed here.

While the principle of having different charges based on vehicle emission levels is now well-established for residents' parking permits, having been approved in Hounslow in 2017, Hounslow Council would like to hear your views on the proposal to apply the same approach to business permits and parking charges.

As part of the same consultation, the council is also proposing to extend charging times in Hounslow town centre to cover Sundays.  This reflects the fact that Sunday in the town centre is now often just as busy as other days. Bringing in charges therefore helps ensure a good turnover of spaces to maximize availability for potential customers across the trading day.

Councillor Hanif Khan, Cabinet Member for Transport at Hounslow Council said:

“We hope that you will share your views on the proposed changes to parking charges in Hounslow.  We all need to play our part in reducing air pollution that is damaging our health and contributing to the Global climate crisis.

“Hounslow is one of the Capital’s best boroughs for Electric Vehicle (EV) charge points, with many more on their way in the next couple of years, so it’s easier to run a low-emission vehicle from here. We want to reward residents for making that switch and offering discounted parking rates along with the existing arrangement for discounted residents permits is a small but important incentive.” 

If these changes are approved by Cabinet, they will take effect from April 2020.

The consultation is live until 12 February.  For more information and to have your say, please click HERE

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