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Motorcycle parking charges consultation

We are proposing to introduce motorcycle parking charges and we want to hear your views.

Why we are introducing motorcycle parking charges

To improve air quality

In January 2020, the Mayor and Cabinet approved an update to the parking policy, which included the introduction of emissions-based parking permits. Emissions-based permits were implemented in April 2020, and the implementation saw the least polluting vehicles pay less for their permits and the higher polluting vehicles pay more.

In an effort to protect the health of local residents, tackle climate change and improve air quality, the council is proposing the introduction of emissions-based parking charges for motorcycles. This step would bring our parking policy in line for all vehicles across the borough.

Motorcycles are known to emit harmful air pollutants including carbon emissions, nitrogen oxide, and particulate matter (PM2.5). Particulate matter is especially dangerous, as it can enter the lungs and cause cardiovascular disease.

To help reduce the negative impact of motorcycle emissions on our health and environment, we brought a proposal to the council’s Sustainable Development Select Committee in June 2021, which recommended introducing motorcycle parking charges. In July 2021, the Mayor and Cabinet approved a consultation on the proposed charges with key internal and external stakeholders like yourself.

Motorcycle parking charges mean that in order to park in any paid for bay across the borough, motorcyclists would now have to purchase either a permit (including but not limited to Resident, Business and Visitor permits) or pay for short-stay parking. Both options would be based on emissions.

Emissions-based charging for motor vehicle parking permits came into effect in April 2020 and has proved successful. The council is now also introducing emissions-based short-stay parking charges for cars and vans, so this new proposal will align motorcycles with all other vehicles.

The proposals

Motorcycle Permits

Introducing permits for motorcyclists brings motorcycles into alignment with all other vehicles throughout the borough. Under the new proposals, motorcyclists will have to purchase a permit in order to park in a permit holder bay.

These proposals also bring Lewisham Council into harmony with several other London Boroughs, who have started charging motorcycles to park based on their emissions. Appendix 2 of the report indicates benchmarking against other London Boroughs who have introduced motorcycle permits.

A variety of permits would be available to motorcyclists, and these would be based on the HMRC banding of vehicles. Motorcyclists will be able to purchase all types of permits including, but not limited to, Resident, Business and Health permits. However, motorcyclists would be charged at 50 percent of the current cost for cars and vans.

A full indication of the proposed pricing can be found in Appendix 3 of the report.

Motorcycle Short-stay Parking

As well as permits, we are also proposing the introduction of short-stay parking charges for motorcycles. This means that motorcyclists would purchase a parking session to park in short-stay parking bays across the borough. These charges would also be emissions-based.

Short-stay parking sessions will be available to purchase on the PayByPhone app, by telephone, or at Pay Point locations.

The proposed pricing for emissions-based short-stay parking for motorcycles is the same as that for cars and vans, except there is no diesel surcharge. This is because most motorcycles are run on petrol.

A table with the proposed emissions-based charges for motorcycle short-stay parking (per hour) can be found in paragraph 4.7.12 in the report.

Who can take part in the consultation?

We want to hear from everyone, not just motorcycle owners, but local residents, business owners, and visitors to the borough as well.

Who would be affected by the proposals?

Motorcycle owners. Current permit holders. Local residents. Local businesses who utilise two-wheeled motorcycles in order to deliver food. Local businesses who utilise delivery companies who employ drivers of two-wheeled motorcycles in order to deliver food. Those who use motorcycles to commute. Disabled badge holders who own a motorcycle.

Even if you will not be directly affected by the proposals, we would like to hear your opinion on the proposed changes.

What happens next

After the consultation closes:

  • We will look at the responses and produce a draft report to reflect the results of the consultation
  • The results of the consultation (and any objections) will be delegated to the Executive Director of Housing, Regeneration and the Public Realm for sign off and implementation

View the report and take part in the consultation

Read the report that was presented to the SDSC on 30 June, and subsequently approved by Mayor and Cabinet on 14 July.