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Consultation on emission-based parking charges: ‘pay and display’ bays and car parks

Introduction

Merton does not currently have an emissions-based model for motorists that park in pay and display bays on the street or in our car parks. The current charge is based on location, capacity and duration, with the aim to achieve regular turnover of spaces or permit longer-term commuter parking as appropriate.

The current charges do not take into account the type of vehicle driven and parked and the environmental damage being caused because of the journey. In order to encourage motorists to change behaviours it is considered appropriate that a charging model is implemented to discourage parking of high polluting vehicles across the borough.

A one-off surcharge of £1.50 is proposed to be applied on top of the cost of each short term parking session, based on the ULEZ model, at all pay and display parking locations, both on street and in council owned car parks.

Because we are using the same criteria as Transport for London for our ULEZ based model, you can use TFL's ULEZ vehicle checker to see if your car will be liable for the surcharge.

On- and off-street parking - ULEZ based charging tiers

Type of vehicleSurcharge per parking session
Petrol or diesel
Pre 2006 (EURO 1/2/3 and not applicable vehicles)
£1.50
Petrol
Between 2006 - August 2015 (Euro 4/5)
No charge
Diesel
Between 2006 - August 2015 (Euro 4/5)
£1.50
Petrol or diesel
Post September 2015 (Euro 6)
No charge

Car park season tickets - ULEZ based charging tiers

Based on a 12 month season ticket

Type of vehicleSurcharge
Petrol or diesel
Pre 2006 (EURO 1/2/3 and not applicable vehicles)
£150.00
Petrol
Between 2006 - August 2015 (Euro 4/5)
No charge
Diesel
Between 2006 - August 2015 (Euro 4/5)
£150.00
Petrol or diesel
Post September 2015 (Euro 6)
No charge