Glasgow drivers could face parking charges over car emissions

Glasgow residents could face parking charges in their neighbourhoods based on the level of emissions from their cars.

The scheme has already been introduced in Edinburgh.

The move, which is already being introduced in Edinburgh, would see residents’ parking permit costs calculated on how polluting their vehicles are.

The council is considering the possibility as part of its Glasgow Transport Strategy – Consultation on Draft Policy Framework.

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The council is also looking at introducing charges for workplace parking in the city – with cash raised going towards boosting sustainable transport.

The levy would involve a workplace licensing scheme – with the employer paying for a licence. It aims to encourage more employees to ditch the car and travel to work in a sustainable way.

A regional Glasgow Metro scheme, improvement of bus services, longer opening hours of the Subway at the weekend and more cycle parking are part of a variety of proposed actions for transport going forward.

Deborah Paton, the council’s group manager, connectivity plan, said: “We want to explore emissions based resident parking charges such as Edinburgh has.”

Speaking at the South Sector Community Planning Partnership yesterday, she added: That is a key tool we have at our disposal as a local authority to try and intervene and manage the emissions type of vehicles we have in the city.”

Another proposal of the strategy would be to encourage more electric vehicles in the city and speed up the delivery of chargers.

Consultation is currently taking place on the strategy, which would run until 2030.

Glasgow has set a target of becoming a carbon neutral city by that year.

The strategy said: “Better transport systems can help in tackling climate change and air pollution, creating a more equal society, supporting our economy and improving the places we live, work and spent time in.”

To find out more about the transport strategy visit: www.glasgow.gov.uk/transportstrategy.