UK parking operator CitiPark has formed a partnership with APT to trial emissions-based parking tariffs at its Clipstone Street site in Central London.
The installation is the first of its kind in the UK, which sets individual parking tariffs according to vehicles’ CO2 emissions – therefore incentivising city drivers towards low or zero emission vehicles.
The system at Clipstone Street uses ANPR cameras to identify and record each vehicle as it enters a car park, and compares the license to a database that includes details on CO2 emissions. Those details are subsequently taken into consideration on payment, with the correct tariff automatically calculated.
Cars emitting up to 75 grams of CO2 per km, defined as an ‘ultra low emission vehicle’, qualify for a cheaper tariff with rates starting at 20 percent less than the regular cost.
CitiPark’s MD Ben Ziff hopes the emissions-based technology will improve air quality by encouraging motorists towards greener vehicles: “We believe that the infrastructures supporting the automotive industry and governmental green agendas should also be adopting the same forward thinking approach,” he said.