Motorists who park ‘the most-polluting vehicles’ in Richmond could soon be paying 25% more than other car users, The Liberal Democrat controlled council’s ‘cabinet’ will discuss extending their CO2 based parking policy on the 19th January.
Councillors say the proposals would see “the majority of motorists” pay no more or benefit from a 25% reduction in fees.
Leader of the Council Serge Lourie said the proposals “will cost some motorists more to park on our streets and in our car parks. But the majority of drivers can avoid any increase and even get a discount by registering on line.”
Lourie promised “no final decision will be taken until we have considered the views of local people and others who visit our borough.”
Although the Liberal Democrats support CO2 based parking, critics point out the party has opposed a number of London-wide road pricing measures.
In May’s election they promised to scrap the Low Emissions Zone and cancel the £25 congestion charge for vehicles with the highest Co2 emissions. Most recently they welcomed news that the Western Extension of the Congestion Charge Zone faces the axe