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Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council: Emissions based parking permits

  • Location: Kensington and Chelsea

  • Purpose: The council wanted to create a simpler car parking charging structure for residents’ parking permits to raise awareness of the 2021 expansion of the Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) and the borough’s air quality issues. The new structure sees the cost of a permit based on the vehicle’s emissions, with more polluting cars more expensive to park, to encourage more residents to switch to electric or cleaner vehicles.

  • Description: Vehicle models are split into bands depending on how much CO2 they produce. The lower the quantity of CO2 produced, the lower the parking permit costs. Households that switch to an electric vehicle from an old petrol car can save up to £224 while switching from a diesel car could save £272 per year. The council will review the scheme each year to align the system to the principles set out in their transport strategy.

  • Funding: The change in the permit scheme cost the council £47,250 to introduce, but raises £268,000 annually.

  • Conservative councillor/ council lead: Cllr Cem Kemahli, Cabinet Member for Planning, Place and Environment and Cllr Johnny Thalassites, Cabinet Member for Finance & Customer Delivery

  • Further links: RBKC website explainer for residents, RBKC parking permit calculator, and Local Government Association case study write up.

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