Hounslow Council launches emissions-based parking charges to improve air quality

The new plan will see lower charges for EVs, a continuation of existing fees for low emission vehicles and higher charges for petrol and diesel vehicles

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Hounslow Council has approved the introduction of emissions-based parking charges and business permits to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and improve the air quality of the area.

The new charging plan for both on-street and off-street parking charges and business permits will see lower fees for electric vehicles (EVs), a continuation of existing charges for low emission vehicles and higher charges for more polluting, higher emission petrol and diesel vehicles.

The emissions-based parking charges initiative forms part of the council’s climate emergency action plan.

The local authority says due to Covid-19 these changes will be brought in on 1st January, a period which will allow businesses to recover during the easing of the lockdown, as well as undergo testing and set up the necessary technology for other types of vehicles.

Hanif Khan, Cabinet Member for Transport at Hounslow Council, said: “A third of Hounslow’s air pollution is caused by motor vehicles and we need to take direct action to change this.

“Over time we know that a change in consumer behaviour and advances in technology will lead to better air quality, but we need to expedite this through policy.”

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