Hackney bumps up parking charges for co2 rating

Electric car refuels in Clissold Road Stoke Newington Lon N16 Apr 2013 © DavidAltheer@gmail.com
Mayorlimo? Hackney town hall & limo E8 311014 © david.altheer@gmail.com
Above: high-powered limousines will now be less welcome in Hackney. Main pic: an electric minicar refuels in Stoke Newington

BIG CHANGES to local parking have been approved by Hackney council. The cost of parking permits will be rated by co2 emissions instead of engine size.

It means that next year 2016 parking fees will rise – “renewed permits,” the council says, “will be subject to a 50% increase”. The aim was to charge owners of the most-polluting vehicles more.

The council quotes 2011 statistics that Hackney suffers “some of the worst air quality levels in London”. Hackney wants the new price banding to help to “drive down” – ho-ho: unintended wordplay – pollution by encouraging people to consider more environmentally friendly cars or other sustainable transport.

A council press release terms the changes a “parking permits review”. Elsewhere, the statement says the changes will be “rolled out over the next three years”. As if to remove any doubt, the release adds: “The full charges will come into effect in 2017.”

Other changes:

* a removal of the height, weight and length limits for short-stay parking,  which will benefit local businesses

* a £50 levy for diesel vehicles which are the most polluting.

Time to press Hackney, which has one of London’s worst records for cycle accidents, for dedicated cycleways and other safety measures. Or to follow the example of the local Mayor, the limousine-disdaining Jules Pipe.

Mayor Pipe and, top, Shoreditch, where residential values exceed commercial
Mayor Pipe: Oyster card, at his expense

In response to a Loving Dalston query, a council publicist said, somewhat sniffily: “The Mayor doesn’t and never has had a civic car or any other car provided by the council. 

“Neither are any cabs booked by the council for use by the Mayor for council business. 

“The Mayor uses public transport, using an Oyster card at his own expense.”

Hamish Scott 270115

* Parking change details: see this specific Hackney council website

* Backstory: Cyclists demand segregated routes in Hackney  

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3 thoughts on “Hackney bumps up parking charges for co2 rating

  1. I agree with what Bee Jones has said. We can easily reduce pollution by controlling heavy-engined vehicles as they are the main reason for pollution.

    This can done by charging high parking rates for heavy-engined vehicles.

  2. This should have included a band for cars over 3,000cc and 4,000cc. And how money might be spent to install more electric-car charging on the streets so it is possible to buy a ZEV (zero-emissions vehicle) without getting off-street parking – ie, most of Hackney.

  3. This scheme needs to be rolled out to all the Hackney Homes estates as well. There are plenty of big-engined polluting vehicles on my estate that do not even pay for parking.

    If market rates were charged for parking based on engine size and if council parking regulations were enforced on housing estates, that would go a long way in reducing the amount of cars on Hackney’s roads and reduce pollution as a result.

    Your suggestion is feasible because, coincidentally, Hackney council yesterday decided to take management of its housing back from Hackney Homes in April next year 2016 (as this site predicted it would, most recently at http://lovingdalston.co.uk/?p=19802). – Ed.

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