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article imageCity of London will be charging parking fees based on emissions

By Karen Graham     Aug 15, 2018 in Environment
Starting on Monday, the City of London Corporation, the governing body of the Square Mile, London's financial and historic center, will begin introducing emissions based charges for parking in the district.
In a statement on Tuesday, the City of London Corporation said the initiative aims to incentivize motorists to make more environmentally friendly choices and improve air quality across the Square Mile by reducing nitrogen oxides and harmful particulates.
To make this happen, on August 20, the City of London will be deploying a new smart parking app from parking technology specialist RingGo that allows tariffs to be levied based on the emissions performance of vehicles. The oldest and most polluting vehicles will be charged £6.80 an hour to park, compared to £4 an hour for vehicles that qualify as low emission.
Chris Hayward, Planning and Transportation Committee Chairman at the City of London Corporation says “98 percent 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."
The RingGo app is used in other parts of London, but the City of London is the first to offer parking charges that reward drivers of vehicles that produce fewer emissions, reports Business Green.
Air pollution is a big problem in London
In January 2017, the city's mayor, Sadiq Khan, issued a "very high" air pollution alert. At the time, Khan said: "This is the highest level of alert and everyone — from the most vulnerable to the physically fit — may need to take precautions to protect themselves from the filthy air."
It was in response to Khan's initiative to increase London's solar capacity eventually making the capital a zero-carbon city by 2050 that the City of London Corporation announced in June this year its intention to power the UK capital's financial district with electricity sourced from renewables starting in October 2018.
City Corporation has taken on a number of environmentally-friendly initiatives, including the installation of EV charging points in the Barbican, and a trial of the UK's first fully electric refuse truck. This makes City of London an even bigger driving force in leading the way toward a city with cleaner air for everyone.
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