Leeds introduces free parking for low emission vehicles

Leeds City Council has announced the introduction of free parking for ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs).

As of 29 March, owners of ULEVs are able to apply for a free of charge permit that will allow them to park their vehicles for free in pay and display bays on the street and in pay and display bays in council run car parks.

The permits will last for 12 months and are available to pure electric cars or vans, as well as vehicles with a hybrid powertrain.

The move hopes to encourage more drivers to to adopt ULEVs and improve air quality across the city.

Councillor Richard Lewis, executive member for regeneration, transport and planning, said: “Transport emissions are one of the biggest contributors to poor air quality so it’s really important that we provide the conditions and infrastructure that allow people to go green.

“Drivers who’ve already made the commitment to cleaner air with a low emission vehicle will be able to benefit from free parking, subject to meeting the criteria and following normal parking rules.

“To anyone considering buying a new, green vehicle, we hope this will act as an extra, small incentive.

“On its own, this offer isn’t going to improve Leeds’ air quality. As part of a package of measures however, it’s another step in the right direction to improving the environment and people’s health.”