Clean Air Strategy for Kingston — we have listened to you

You talked. We listened — A Council that works for you

Liberal Democrats on Kingston Council will put forward their new proposal for parking permit charges at the meeting of Full Council next week.

Having listened closely to residents’ concerns about the level of charges proposed for differential parking in CPZ areas, the new proposal will see lower annual charges for parking permits than originally put forward:

  • electric and hybrid vehicles - No charge
  • all vehicles 1-120g CO2/km - £90
  • all vehicles 121-225g CO2/km - £120
  • all vehicles 226g+ CO2/km - £150
  • second/third+ vehicles at same address - £45/£90 surcharge
  • diesel vehicles pre-Sept 2015 - £50 surcharge (to be introduced as soon as we have the capability)

Last May, Liberal Democrats in Kingston promised to deliver free resident parking permits for electric and hybrid cars as part of our range of measures to help clean up the air in our borough. Recently, we proposed introducing emission-based parking in CPZs, targeting higher-polluting vehicles with higher charges, to encourage residents to switch to cleaner vehicles in the future and consider their overall transport choices.

Cllr Hilary Gander, Portfolio Holder for the Environment & Sustainable Transport committee, said: “I feel passionately that our Administration needs to work with residents to deliver cleaner air in Kingston, and believe that differential parking is one measure that will go towards achieving this. It seems, however, we may have moved too fast and not fully explained our approach to tackling air pollution.

”The best way to deal with any challenge is to work together. We have revised our plans to demonstrate our commitment to be a listening Council.”

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