Parking permits

Proposed changes to parking permits

Traffic Management Order (TMO)

The council is proposing to change parking charges for resident permits as part of a series of activities being implemented across the borough. These are designed to help protect the health of our residents by encouraging people to think about their choice of vehicle and transport. We want to drive behaviour change and improve air quality by discouraging unnecessary car journeys, and encouraging the use of environmentally friendly forms of transport.

The proposed Traffic Management Order statutory consultation concluded on 11th April and we are therefore not able to accept any further representations. You can still access and download the full document under reference KingMap0023.

The decision on resident parking charges will be considered by the Environment and Sustainable Transport Committee.

Questions and answers 

What is happening with resident permit charges?

Charges for resident permits and car parking will change this year. However, not all residents will see an increase in their permit charge; some will stay the same and some will see a decrease.

Why are charges going up?

There are a number of reasons we are increasing charges. Our key goal is to improve air quality by encouraging the use of cars that have a lower impact on the environment. We are implementing the permit charge changes as part of a programme of activities designed to improve air quality and public health including enhancing residents’ access to sustainable forms of transport, increasing the number of electric vehicle charging points in the borough and planting more trees. We hope these actions will also reduce the number of unnecessary car journeys, helping to keep the borough’s roads safe and moving.

There is also a need to review the charges on an ongoing basis - resident permit charges have not been changed since 2015.

What are the proposed new charges?

Subject to agreement at Environment and Sustainable Transport Committee, resident permit charges will be as below.

Emission level (g of CO2/km) Current charge Proposed charge


£90 £0


£90 £90


£90 £120


£90 £160


£90 £220

226 and over 

£90 £350
  • Resident permits for electrical and hybrid vehicles will be free 
  • Diesel and diesel hybrid vehicles will be charged an additional £50  on top of their resident permit

Can I spread the cost of the new permit?

Yes residents can now spread the annual permit charge throughout the year by buying either four 3 month permits, or two 6 month permits. There will be no additional charge for this. At the current time we are unable to offer a direct debit payment option for residents permits but we will be working towards this option with our partners NSL.

Definitions of vehicle types 

Diesel vehicle - a motor vehicle which is constructed or adapted to be propelled by diesel fuel.

Hybrid vehicle - a vehicle using two different forms of power, such as an electric motor and an internal combustion engine, or an electric motor with a battery and fuel cells for energy storage.  

This includes any vehicle that is licensed with DVLA as a hybrid vehicle including cars and vans. There are two types of hybrids, the standard hybrid and the plug-in hybrid. This will normally be identified on vehicle documents issued by DVLA.

Electric vehicle - a vehicle propelled wholly by electrical motive power derived from: (a) a source external to the vehicle or (b) an electrical storage battery which is not connected to any source of power when the vehicle is in motion.

The proposed charges will come into force in summer 2019 dependent on the committee process. Residents will have the opportunty to have their say about the proposed changes through the normal Traffic Management Order (TMO) consultation process. 

Where to find your Vehicle emissions data ?

You need to check your Vehicles Registration Certificate or V5C for vehicles registered before March 2001 and doesn't have a Co2 emissions figure the permit charge is based on engine size and this information will also be found on the V5C .If you don’t have a vehicle registration certificate (VC5), you can also call 020 8547 1333 with the make and type of your vehicle to confirm the cost of your permit.

What happens if I change my car?

If the emission rating of the new vehicle is different from the old one we will increase the permit cost or refund the difference . We will charge at the new band for any whole unexpired months calculated from the date we approve your new permit. No additional charges or refunds will be applicable where your permit has less than one full calendar month to expire.

Will there be an increase in charges for resident and business visitor vouchers based on emissions?

No, as we currently only issue visitor vouchers for short stay visits. Visitor vouchers are reasonably priced and controlled to encourage only essential visits to residents in the borough.

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I have a blue disability badge - will I be affected?

There will be no change to any concessions offered to Blue Badge holders.

What about other permits, like those for businesses or carers?

There is no change planned at this time, but a review of these permits will take place over coming months.

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Will charges for Penalty Charge Notices PCNs also go up?

No, there will be no increase in PCN charges.

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Will the prices of parking on streets and in car parks go up based on emissions?

No, not at this time, although there will be a general rise in car park charges for all vehicles. Further consideration of emission-based charges across all parking types is planned for the future.

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What will you do with the revenue raised?

The council is able to spend revenue raised on eligible expenditure, which includes provision and maintenance of off-street parking accommodation, public passenger transport (for example Freedom passes for older people), highway or road improvement projects, environmental improvement and the implementation of the London Transport Strategy.

Is the council changing all its vehicles to be low emissions?

Electric vehicles are being considered as the way forward. The council's new fleet strategy, which is being prepared now, will include this and several other aspects, such as how many and what kind of vehicles will be required (regardless of fuel type), route to market and who will manage the fleet itself.

What else is the council doing to improve air quality?

We are introducing a number of measures which are set out in the Borough’s Air Quality Action Plan. These include extending the number of electric vehicle charging points in the borough from 10 to 100 over the next four years. We are working with Transport for London (TfL) to grow the rapid electric vehicle charging network in London. There is currently only one rapid charger in the borough (at Ace Parade, Hook Road by the junction with the A3). London Councils Transport & Environment Committee has agreed that boroughs should suggest 20 further potential rapid charger sites by end of January 2019 for TfL to assess; Kingston is working towards this target.

Over the last few years the council has been promoting more sustainable forms of travel, including cycling and walking. In 2014, Kingston was one of three local authorities to receive funding from the Mayor of London and Transport for London to encourage more people to cycle and improve safety while providing better streets and places for everyone.

We also work with schools to develop travel plans to increase sustainable modes of travel to and from the school. We currently have 11 schools with travel plans and are working with a further 8 schools to tackle poor parking issues around the school area.

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