People who own vehicles with higher emissions will have to pay 25% more for resident, business and traders parking permits under new charges set to come in this April.
Brighton and Hove City Council officers have recommended that there is no increase for standard permits – but permits for vehicles with more than 166g/km will go up by 25%, while the threshold for a low emissions 50% reduction will drop from 110g/km to 100g/km.
A report will be considered by next Tuesday’s environment, transport and sustainability committee. It says: “Improving air quality is a key traffic management objective in Brighton and Hove.
“Nationally, poor air quality reduces average life expectancy in the UK by over six months and is responsible for approximately 40,000 premature deaths annually.
“In some parts of Brighton and Hove, levels of nitrogen oxides exceed legal limits. As part of a range of measures to improve air quality, such as the introduction of a Low Emission Zone, parking charges can help to encourage less polluting travel options and reduce emissions.”
Other changes include an increase in the cost of visitor permits. In zones M, Y and Z, the price will rise from £3.50 to £4.50.
In low tariff areas, the price will increase from £3 to £3.50.
However, most charges in the city council’s off street car parks will again be frozen, with a few exceptions. At Regency Square, the four hour and nine hour rates will go up by 8.3% and 11.1% respectively, and the nine hour rate at Norton Road will increase by 4% from £5 to £5.20.
It is proposed to increase the 4 hour tariff at the Lanes car park from £13 to £14 at a rate of 7.7%.