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London introduces emissions-based parking

The City of London Corporation has announced the introduction of new charges based on vehicle emissions for on-street parking in the Square Mile, starting Monday 20 August 2018.

Parking charges will be based on emissions within the square mile, London

Parking charges will be based on emissions within the square mile, London

The new parking charges will use RingGo’s Emissions Based Parking product, which awards higher polluting transport with higher charges while lower emission vehicles are awarded lower parking tariffs.

The initiative aims to incentivise motorists to make more environmentally friendly choices and improve air quality.

RingGo’s Emissions Based Parking product will automatically assess the type of vehicle being parked and charge tariffs based on the level of pollution emitted by the vehicle.

The following tariff bands will operate on weekdays from 8am to 7pm when air quality is at its worst:


Type of vehicle Cost per 15 mins Cost per hour
Low emission (e.g. electric, hybrid) £1 £4.00
Petrol vehicles registered from 2005 onwards £1.30 £5.20
Diesel vehicles registered from 2015 onwards £1.30 £5.20
Other £1.70 £6.80

The RingGo app is a cashless parking solution. Motorists still choosing to use cash at a machine, rather than paying with RingGo, will pay the highest rate.

Chris Hayward, Planning and Transportation Committee chairman at the City of London Corporation, commented: “We have seen other areas of London penalise worst offenders such as diesel cars. We are taking this one step further by not only applying punitive measures for these worst offenders but by supporting and encouraging motorists to consider other modes of transport and switch to cleaner vehicles in the future.

“98% of all parking in the City is paid for by mobile phone so RingGo’s Emissions Based Parking is a way of reminding motorists of the impact of their journey each and every time they travel.

“The Square Mile is one of London’s busiest areas, therefore, it is only right that the City of London Corporation continues to prioritise providing a safe and healthy environment for its workers, visitors and residents.”

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Jonathan Musk

Jonathan turned to motoring journalism in 2013 having founded, edited and produced Autovolt - one of the UK's leading electric car publications. He has also written and produced books on both Ferrari and Hispano-Suiza, while working as an international graphic designer for the past 15 years. As the automotive industry moves towards electrification, Jonathan brings a near-unrivalled knowledge of EVs and hybrids to Fleet World Group.