The City of London Corporation that controls the centre of the British capital is introducing emissions based charges for parking in the Square Mile. Drivers of electric or hybrid vehicles will pay less as emissions are detected automatically through the RingGo app.
The initiative is part of the boroughs Low Emission Neighbourhood (LEN) scheme of the City of London Corporation’s Environment Committee. They had rolled out a cargo bike scheme run jointly with zero-emission delivery operator Zedify in the area earlier. Jointly funded by the Mayor of London, plans for LEN include new EV charging stations, green taxi ranks and other air quality projects in the Barbican and Golden Lane Estate areas.
The latest scheme that is to start on August, 20, is thus targeting drivers looking for on street parking rather than businesses. The new parking charges will use RingGo’s Emissions Based Parking product. The tool will automatically assess the type of vehicle being parked and charge tariffs based on the level of pollution emitted by the car. Tariffs start at 1 pound per 15 minutes for electrified vehicles and go up to 1.30 GBP for newer diesel vehicles.
The RingGo app is a cashless parking solution. Chris Hayward, planning and transportation committee chairman at the City of London Corporation, said: “98% of all parking in the City is paid for by mobile phone so RingGo’s Emissions Based Parking is a great way of reminding motorists of the impact of their journey each and every time they travel.”
City residents in the Barbican now have access to 30 electric vehicle charging points. The London borough has also introduced a City-wide 20mph zone.
London is working on cleaning up its air in general. The introduction of London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) has recently been sped up and enlarged. The ULEZ will be expanded up to the North and South Circular boundary in 2021 reportedly and will cover an area 18 times larger than the ULEZ in Central London.