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Proposed introduction of emission-based charges for resident and business parking permits

Why are we doing this?

We are proposing to introduce emission-based charges for resident and business parking permits, plus a diesel surcharge, to all controlled parking permit zones within the borough.

These proposals are in response to feedback we've had from our communities who have told us that they are concerned about air quality, and that traffic levels should be reduced*. 

We are also working to a number of national, regional and local drivers with an aim of reducing emissions. The full list of these initiatives can be found in the cabinet paper below, however, some examples are:

  • The National Clean Air Strategy 2019 (aims to clean up the UK's air and reduce the damaging impact air pollution has on public health, including the harmful emissions from vehicles amongst other sources),
  • The Mayor's Transport Strategy 2018 (prioritises public health and aims to reduce car dependency),
  • Croydon's Air Quality Action Plan 2017-22 (which aims to reduce exposure to air pollution and raising awareness for those who live and work in Croydon).

If introduced, the emission-based charges will be launched in two stages:

Residents' permits - October 2019

Business and other permits - April 2020

We are also proposing to introduce emission-based charges to on and off street parking places, we plan to consult on this in 2020, after we've explored what technology would be needed.

*A survey on the future of transport for the draft third Local Implementation Plan (LIP3) in September 2018 found that 74% of respondents are concerned about air quality in Croydon and 72% agreed that traffic levels should be lowered.

What do we want to know?

The proposed order which details the suggested charges is available below. To comment or object to the order, please make your statement in the first question: "What are your reasons for commenting or objecting to the scheme"?

The other questions are about your name and contact details. It is not possible to consider comments/objections from unknown sources.

Please complete the survey below by midnight, Thursday 20 June.


Please see the Public Notice for details if you wish to submit your objections by letter or email, instead of using the survey form below.


What we found out

1,149 people responded to the Public Notice consultation. The consultation has not identified any material objections that would invalidate the objectives for introducing the emission-based parking permit charges. An analysis and evaluation of the positive and negative impacts from the new charges concludes that the reasons for introducing emissions-based parking charges outweighs the reasons for not implementing them.

A public report on the full consultation outcome is available at: (Item 5).

Private car transport is just one aspect of local air pollution and parking charges represents just one of several measures. In combination, the Council is currently in the process of rolling out 400 electric vehicle charging points (EVCP) for public use. It further has an ongoing programme of works with the Mayor, Transport for London busses, Network Rail and Train Operating Companies to improve public transport links to our local high streets, including introducing new routes to better connect Croydon’s places and to increase capacity. The local cycling strategy is developing additional cycling routes. The Council’s active tree planting program aims to plant 650 trees each year and this year alone it is expected to deliver 1,200 trees.


What difference has it made?

The new scheme is designed to help encourage a switch to lesser polluting cars and influence the choices of those who are able to give up a non-essential car. The new charges will be introduced in a phased approach, starting with resident permits and being applied only when the annual permit is next up for renewal. Other permit types and a diesel surcharge (on diesel vehicles pre-dating September 2015) will follow in April 2020, again on a permit renewal basis.

The new scheme has carefully considered the potential impact on vulnerable residents in the borough. The difficulty in accessing homes, due to high parking demand, and public health concerns over air pollution impact on all residents, but disproportionally so those who are vulnerable, including the disabled, people with ill-health, the young and elderly. Public health data tells that Croydon currently has the worst rate of hospital admissions for childhood asthma in London. 205 deaths each year in Croydon are currently attributed to air pollution. The Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) represents the most parking congested roads and are disproportionately located in the most polluted areas of the borough. The CPZ also disproportionately coincide with areas where there is high health deprivation and a significantly higher density in the population of 0 to 4-year old.

Contact (for more details)

Frede Jensen

Project start date
23 May 2019
Project end date
Report available by
15 August 2019
Who can take part?
All - everyone invited to take part
Topic Area
Parking, streets and transport
London Borough of Croydon


Draft Traffic Management Order for Emission-based Parking Permit Charges


Public Notice for consultation - emission-based parking charges


Cabinet report parking policy 19-22