London Borough to Reverses Free Parking for EVs
No sooner do I report on the virus-like spread of electric vehicle charging points in London, that I hear from our friends at GoinGreen that at least one London borough is preparing to withdraw some of the privileges enjoyed by EV drivers:
Today saw the announcement of changes in the City of London's parking concessions for electric vehicles. Existing users of the borough's electric vehicle scheme will see an increase in on-street parking from zero to £50 per year whereas off-street parking (in the City's car parks) will increase from zero to £2,000 per year in 2009. This off-street parking fee will then increase further to £4,000 per year by 2010 and £6396 in 2011, the same as a ICE (internal combustion engine) vehicle.
While electric vehicle owners and advocates may lament this as a step backwards, the council justified its decision by arguing that such incentives had actually increased traffic in the area – presumably encouraging EV owners heading to neighboring borough’s to park in the City of London and/or taking people away from London’s extensive public transit network. This draws on an interesting and perennial debate in the green movement – do we encourage alternative private vehicles, or do we encourage alternatives to private vehicles? I tend to think the answer is both – but there will be times when one goal conflicts with the other. Those wishing to protest the City of London’s decision can sign a petition online. [For those not familiar with London, The City of London is a small borough within central London, as opposed to the entire capital]
More on Electric Vehicles (EVs) in the UK
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