Parking permit review FAQs
The Council is bringing in these changes as a way to help reduce the amount of pollution in the borough by encouraging more people to use sustainable transport options like buses, cycling and car hire schemes.
Some areas of Hackney suffer from the worst air quality levels in London due to the pollutants in the air like Carbon Dioxide (CO2). Studies have found that diesel vehicles and vehicles built before 2001 release more CO2 emissions than newer, petrol vehicles. With the change in the way vehicles will be banded for parking permit charging, the Council want to encourage vehicle owners to use more energy efficient travel options which will help to reduce the CO2 and other harmful pollutants that are released into the atmosphere.
This will not only help make Hackney a greener place, but will also help to reduce the levels of pollution in the capital that can lead to health issues.
Currently, parking permits are charged according to a vehicle’s engine size (cc) which is banded one to six. The new charging system will no longer use engine size to charge for parking permits, but will be based on the amount of emissions, such as Carbon Dioxide (CO2), that a vehicle releases into the atmosphere.
Moving to emissions-based charging has also meant that the way vehicles are banded has changed, so the six bands that are currently used by the Council will change to five bands. This will mean that the majority of Hackney residents will fit into the mid-level bands and therefore, pay less.
Since diesel fumes are considerably more damaging to health than those from petrol engines (see FAQ 6) a £50 levy will be placed on all diesel vehicles. Vehicles built before 2011 will be raised a band. However, owners of petrol and cleaner cars will pay less.
There will be no changes taking place in 2015. The changes will take place from 2016 with a 50% rise of the proposed charge difference for those affected. The full changes will take place in 2017.
Since 2012, following new research on diesel fumes, these fumes have been classified as carcinogenic by the World Health Organisation. Diesel fumes contain Particulate Matter, small airborne particles that are linked with a range of health issues, as well as Nitrogen Dioxide, a potentially harmful gas.
Through the Health and Social Care Act 2012 the Council is now directly responsible for protecting and improving public health. The Mayor of London’s 2010 Air Quality Strategy identified that around 4,300 deaths per year in London are partly caused by long-term exposure to particulate matter and suggested that the economic cost of poor air quality could be as high a £2 billion.
According to 2011 data published as part of the Public Health Outcomes Framework, 8% of deaths in Hackney were attributable to particulate air pollution. The Mayor of London also highlighted the need for research to fully understand the health impacts of Nitrogen Dioxide. Due to Hackney’s poor air quality it has been in special measures since 2006 when the borough was found to be in breach of national air quality objectives and designated an Air Quality Management Area.
The Council will be staggering the price increase over a three year period. From July 2015 motorists who receive an increase in permit charges can renew for one year at the existing price, and from July 2016 motorists can renew for one year at 50% discount of the difference between the old and the new price.
In addition, we will be investigating whether any help can be given to residents who would be willing to scrap their older more polluting vehicles.
If you have a disability and hold a Blue Badge then the same range of benefits will be available except that we are proposing to replace the Companion Badge with a residents permit at no extra cost. The resident permit which replaces the Companion Badge will be linked to your parking zone and vehicle registration.
Yes, you will need to pay a diesel levy for each diesel vehicle permit you purchase.
There will be no levy applied for the first year of the scheme, July 2015 – July 2016. Between July 2016 and July 2017 there will be a levy of £25 and then £50 thereafter. You will have from February 2015 to July 2016 before the levy is introduced to change your fleet to more environmentally friendly vehicles if you wish.
Pre 2001 vehicles will increase by one band; if you had previously been in band two with an engine size of under 1200cc you would have paid £61 for a 12 month resident permit, under the new emissions pricing you will be in band three and pay £112 for a 12 month resident permits.
The Council will not provide any direct financial support to change your vehicle, however the changes are being phased over two years and therefore you will not pay the full increase of £51 until after July 2017, giving you time to change your vehicle.
Pre 2001 vehicles will increase by one band; if you had previously been in band two with an engine size of under 1200cc you would have paid £61 for a 12 month resident permit, under the new emissions pricing you will be in band three and pay £112 for a 12 month resident permit. The Council will not provide any direct financial support to change your vehicle, however the changes are being phased in over two years, meaning that residents will not pay the full increase of £51 until after July 2017, giving you plenty of time to upgrade your vehicle if you chose.
The Council will communicate directly on changes to the doctors’ permit, health and social care permit / voucher, all-zone business / film vouchers, with anyone who has bought a permit in the last year, informing them of the changes and inviting them to take part in the consultation.
We will also place an advert in Hackney Today, with full information on request and full details on our website.
Carbon dioxide is a colourless and odourless combination of chemicals that exists as a gas under normal conditions. It is a waste product of the combustion engines found in the vehicles on our roads. The amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has been steadily increasing and this increase has been proven to have contributed to global warming.
Yes, a number of London councils have already implemented an emission based charging structure for permits. The Council has benchmarked against these figures to ensure our charges remain fair.
No, as we currently only have two types of visitor vouchers one day and two hours. Our pay & display on street and off street parking prices will also remain the same.
It is possible that with the move to emissions charging you will experience a band increase, either due to the CO2 emissions which your vehicle produces or its age, as well as a diesel levy if your vehicle uses diesel fuel. It is anticipated that around 1,400 permit holders will be affected this way.
The maximum increase for both a band increase and a diesel levy will be between £101 and £152 and this will be phased over two years. However if people, during those two years, change their vehicle to a newer more efficient one it is expected that far fewer than 1,400 will be affected.
Not only will you still be able to purchase your parking permit online but we will be introducing a new online parking permit system in summer 2015, which will make it much easier and faster for customers to buy their permit and vouchers online.
The new system will also include many features that residents have been asking for, including the ability to buy permits and vouchers at the same time, full automation of the application process for most residents (meaning an end to the scanning and uploading of proofs), and automated emails informing residents that their permit is due to expire shortly, which will make renewing a permit as simple as possible.