Green parking schemes have finally made it out of London and have taken root in more Northern parts of the country. Manchester City Council has introduced a pioneering scheme that offers a 25% discount on season tickets from all major NCP car parks for vehicles that have low emissions.
A recent survey of 35,000 cars parked in the city found that only 2.2% were classed as low emission vehicles. The scheme is expected to save some motorists over £900 per year (Depending on the ticket they purchase) and the council hopes that it will encourage residents to switch to greener cars if public transport is not a suitable option. It is hoped that low emissions cars will go up by 2-5% as a result of the discount scheme. Few petrol cars qualify for the scheme but over 30 diesel models qualify (i.e. small engined Citroens, Fiats, Fords, Peugeots, Renaults, Skodas, Toyota and Vauxhalls).
It is great to see that a local authority is taking the initiative to ‘encourage’ rather than penalise drivers. We will watch this scheme with interest.
(Source: Drivers Voice, 18th July 2007)
More information about the Manchester scheme can be found at www.manchestergreencity.co.uk