The revised policy would help to make the borough greener by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving air quality. Our proposals feed into our Healthy Streets initiatives that will make it easier for residents to walk, cycle or use public transport. Having declared a climate emergency, we are determined to take the actions required to protect our planet.
Effective management of parking can have a positive impact by ensuring that:
We want to consult on a number of proposals to hear your views. This wouldn’t be limited to car owners and drivers – we are very keen to hear from:
We introduced our current parking policy in 2014, with a directive to update it by 2019 to bring it in line with current legislation and best practice.
We are determined to use this opportunity to improve air quality across the borough. Air pollution is causing a public health crisis in London, with thousands of Londoners dying prematurely each year from long term exposure to air pollution. We know this is also an inequalities issue too, with those living in the most deprived areas exposed to higher levels of air pollution.
Private motor vehicles are a significant source of air pollution including 33% of NOx and 57% of PM10 (small particulate matter) in the borough. We now have the opportunity, through our parking policy, to introduce measures that will improve our air quality. Having recently declared a climate emergency at Full Council, our proposals would ensure that low emission vehicle owners will see charges reduce, while those who own the most polluting vehicles will pay the most.
If you would be affected and it’s very important that you have your say. But we also want to hear from residents who would like to have cleaner, less polluted environment to live, work, and learn.
There are six main proposals:
There is also a proposal on changes to the Penalty Charge Notice bands in Lewisham. This would be included in the consultation for information and you would be able to comment on it if you wish to.
The last increase to parking permit charges was in 2011. The new proposal would introduce charges for resident and business parking permits based on a vehicle’s CO2 emissions. As the vehicles would be banded in line with the Government’s car tax banding, there would be an increase for some, a reduction for others, and cases where the parking permit charge would remain the same.
Parking permits for disabled residents would continue to be free.
All parking permits for diesel vehicles would also be subject to a £50 surcharge.
We intend to undertake a compressive consultation over the summer lasting a minimum of six weeks.
We will analyse all consultation responses and review the draft report to reflect the results of the consultation. The draft report will then be reviewed by the Sustainable Development Select Committee in autumn. The draft report will then be reviewed again. A final report will be expected to go to Mayor and Cabinet in autumn/winter 2019.