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.”
* 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.
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
* Emboldened underscored words in most cases indicate a hyperlink, a reader service rare among websites. If a link does not work, it is probably because the site to which the URL refers has not been maintained.