The council’s research has found that diesel vehicles in Merton contribute disproportionately to local air quality emissions. This was based on real-life on-road emissions rather than the manufacturers’ specification. The Royal College of Physicians report Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution says that each year in the UK, around 40,000 deaths are attributable to exposure to outdoor air pollution and King’s College London has estimated that air pollution was responsible for about 9,400 deaths in London in 2010 and 3,400 hospital admissions, not only impacting adversely on the lives of many families, but also resulting in an estimated associated economic cost of £3.7 billion.

On 14th November 2016 the Cabinet agreed the following:

the introduction of a levy charge for all diesel vehicles that have a Resident, Business or Trade parking permit with the introduction of £150 surcharge phased over a 3 year period – £90 in 2017/18, £115 in 2018/19 and £150 in 2019/20.

  1. Resident parking permit charge for electric vehicles to be set at a discounted rate of £25 per annum.
  2. the Council to review the impact of the diesel surcharge for a period of 2 years, with a view to the introduction of comprehensive emissions based parking scheme.

Full details and reports relating to this decision can be viewed on the Council’s website using http://democracy.merton.gov.uk/documents/b8765/Supplementary%20Agenda%20Monday%2014-Nov-2016%2019.15%20Cabinet.pdf?T=9

What does this mean

Merton Council is set to introduce a new diesel levy in April 2017 in response to a national health emergency and the Mayor of London’s pledge to cut air pollution in the capital. Merton will be joining Islington, Kensington and Chelsea and Camden, which have already introduced a surcharge for diesel vehicles.

Now, the council is using its powers in an effort to encourage people to move away from diesel and towards less polluting vehicles. Recognising the difficult financial climate and in response to concerns raised by the Scrutiny Panel about giving people enough time to change their vehicle or have it serviced, it has been decided to phase in the surcharge incrementally rather than bring in the full £150 additional cost in one hit.

 

Year Diesel levy for all parking permits
2017/18 £90
2018/19 £115
2019/20 £150

 

The Council will review the effectiveness of the surcharge in two years’ time with a view of introducing a comprehensive emissions-based parking scheme which could link permit pricing to the vehicle’s environmental performance.

To further encourage the use of cleaner vehicles, the council will be reducing the resident parking permit charge for electric vehicles to £25 per year.

Merton Council is committed to ensuring any money raised through such a scheme in the borough would go towards tackling air pollution, local sustainable transport initiatives and necessary infrastructure such as cycle lanes.

To implement the above, it is necessary to undertake a statutory consultation to amend all the Traffic Management Orders pertaining to Controlled Parking Zones. This statutory consultation will start on 12th January 2017 and will conclude on 3rd February 2017.

Due to the extent of the consultation area (across all roads subject to a CPZ) the Council will not be erecting yellow notices and will not be sending residents / businesses any newsletters.

The statutory consultation will be undertaken by:

  • Advertising in the newspapers
  • Inform all Ward councillors and known resident & business associations within affected areas
  • Deposit the documents at The Link at the Civic Centre & libraries
  • Erect Notices in local libraries & leisure centres
  • Erect Notices on local / Ward community Notice Boards (if any) – if any associations are aware of such Notice Boards, it would be appreciated if officers could be advised of location and point of contact
  • Erect Notices on Park’s Notice Boards
  • Full information available on Council’s own website – this will go live the day before the start of the consultation. www.merton.gov.uk/diesellevy
  • Social media

 

As per statutory consultation process, all representations along with Officers’ comments and recommendations will be presented in a report to the Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Environment and Housing and the Cabinet Member for Street Cleanliness and Parking for their consideration and a final decision. Responses to any representations received will not be made until a final decision is made by both Cabinet Members. The decision will be published on the Council’s website.

It is important to note that those CPZs that they have recently consulted upon but have not yet been implemented (i.e. before the decision for the introduction of the Diesel levy was made) will not be charged the levy as residents were not made aware of the levy during the consultation process. Whilst processing permits for these new zones, applicants will be advised of the new charges that would be applied upon the renewal of their permits.

These new zones include:- MP2 Cannon Hill Lane area; CW3 Pitcairn Rd area; GC1 Streatham Rd area; VQ The Quadrant area