Leeds Labour Council continues to do its bit to promote the green agenda – this time incentivising and encouraging the use of ultra low emission vehicles.
Leeds residents who own an ultra low emission vehicle can apply for a free parking permit under a council initiative.
The Council is offering free parking for owners of these vehicles – but the scheme applies only to Leeds residents.
If you qualify, you can apply for a 12-month permit for free parking, which can be used in Council-operated pay and display bays on the street and in pay and display bays in council run car parks. Only vehicles recognised by the Department for Transport for the plugged in grant scheme will qualify for the permit, which will be paid for out of the council’s budget.
You can find more details of the scheme – and whether you qualify – here: http://www.leeds.gov.uk/residents/Pages/ultra-low-emission-vehicles.aspx
The measure is intended to help drivers switch to lower emission vehicles and improve Leeds’ air quality.
It comes as the council implements more green vehicles alongside plans to convert its bin lorry fleet to run on greener fuel and to build a compressed natural gas filling station.
Councillor Richard Lewis, executive member for Regeneration, Transport and Planning, pointed out the aims of this policy:
“Transport emissions are one of the biggest contributors to poor air quality so it’s really important that we provide the conditions and infrastructure that allow people to go green.
“Drivers who’ve already made the commitment to cleaner air with a low emission vehicle will be able to benefit from free parking, subject to meeting the criteria and following normal parking rules.
“To anyone considering buying a new, green vehicle, we hope this will act an extra, small incentive.”
It’s no panacea – on its own, this offer isn’t going to improve Leeds’ air quality. But it’s another step in the right direction, especially alongside other measures the Council are taking to improve the environment and the health of the people of Leeds.
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