From today, Tuesday 1 October, residents’ annual parking permits are charged on a sliding scale depending on how polluting their vehicle is. There are substantial discounts available for the greenest cars, while drivers with more polluting vehicles will have to pay more.
The parking charges are based on CO2 emissions per kilometre for cars registered after March 2001, with older vehicles registered before this date paying based on their engine size.
Existing resident permits will remain valid and will only be replaced by the new scheme when they expire over the coming year.
The council will contact anyone needing to renew their permit before the previous one expires. You can find out more online.
The cheapest permits are for vehicles producing less than one gram of CO2 per kilometre, mostly electric ones. Other cheaper bands are targeted at hybrid and other low-emissions vehicles.
New charges will also be introduced for business permits, visitor permits and all other permit types such as doctors’ permits, statutory undertaker permits and community care and charity permits next year.
The scheme is one of a number of initiatives Croydon is introducing tackle the global and climate emergency and improve air quality in the borough.
Other schemes include boosting the borough’s recycling rate by around 10%, investing in cycle lanes and cycle storage, creating School Streets – a project to make roads around some schools pedestrian-only during the school run – and installing 400 electric vehicle charging points by 2022.
“Across Croydon, London and the rest of the globe communities are waking up to the dangers of pollution both to our planet and our health.
“In Croydon air pollution contributes to 205 deaths every year and this new scheme is one of the ways we want to do our bit to tackle this challenge.”
Councillor Stuart King, cabinet lead for environment and transport