This morning the Radio 4 Today programme is reporting on Richmond’s consultation on their idea of trebling residents’ parking permit charges on large vehicles such as Renault Espace people movers to Â£300.
Just under half (49%) of people were said to be in favour with 39% against, see press release. The council is pleased that 64% of people said that the plans would make them think about changing their vehicle to a less polluting model.
Being a LibDem council they can’t help telling porkies though. The Today programme is reporting this morning that residents rejected a proposal to surcharge second permits by 50%. Funny how this is not mentioned in their press release and the consultation results are not available on the website. So democracy is only any use when it returns the “right” answer. Ken Livingstone has said that he really likes this proposal. We know from bitter experience with the Tram he also approves of Richmond’s attitude to consultation – talk about it if the result agrees with your position otherwise ignore it.
So in addition to labouring under the second highest council tax in London the owner of a Renault Espace in Richmond will have to pay Â£300 to park outside their own house. Apparently this will all come to pass in 3 months time.
Electric cars will be exempted from any charge at all. This is just scientific mumbo-jumbo as it uses way more carbon to burn fuel, turn it into electricity, lose a chunk in transmission losses, lose another chunk in charging a battery, lose another chunk in converting electricity to motion than it does to burn petrol in an incredibly efficient internal combustion engine. For the same reason that trams are an environmental swindle, so are electric cars.
Follow the link to see their consultation document.