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TRANSPORT such as stations, car parks, new developments and taxi ranks. It will ensure the borough is a place where it is easy for people to make environmentally-friendly choices about travel and ditch older, more polluting vehicles.” NEW PRICING SYSTEM FOR PERMITS The changes to CPZ permits – with reduced prices for environmentally-friendly cars and higher charges for more polluting vehicles – are due to come into effect soon. Councillor Mik Sabiers, the council’s cabinet member for environment and highways, said: “We are offering cheaper CPZ parking permits to owners of the most environmentally-friendly vehicles. “The new pricing system is determined by a number of factors, such as the type of fuel the car uses and the amount of carbon dioxide and nitrogen dioxide emitted. The number of vehicles registered at a given address is also a factor. “The new system should encourage drivers to consider the greenest option when choosing a car in the future” It means that the cheapest permit for an electric vehicle could be just £20 – a reduction of almost two thirds of the previous price. Councillor Sabiers continued: “There are currently just over 27,000 CPZ permit holders in the borough and the majority of these permits are for one vehicle. Of these, most are petrol fuelled. A resident in an all-day CPZ, driving one car with a smaller petrol engine could also see their annual fee reduced to just £75.” For owners of the most polluting cars, charges are set to rise, with tariffs based on vehicle emission levels and the numbers of cars in a household. The changes will be introduced as permits are renewed or bought. Existing permit holders should have all been written to. Other London boroughs have already introduced similar surcharges for high polluting, diesel engines. It is hoped that the new system will encourage residents to switch to greener cars and even reduce the number of cars in their household. Councillor Sabiers concluded: “Everyone can make a big difference – whether it’s by switching to electric cars; or by walking, cycling or using public transport more, especially for short journeys. By doing so it would help to reduce traffic congestion and the levels of air pollution, particularly in our town centres; as well as improve your health and wellbeing.” For more information visit around ealing    October 2018 21