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Changes to Eco parking scheme

21 December 2017

​The eco parking permit scheme run by the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) will in the future be available for Electric Vehicles (EVs) and some of the cleanest Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV) only.

The current nine-year-old scheme that allows qualifying low emissions vehicles to benefit from half price parking is changing.

The scheme was last reviewed in 2012 and DfI is bringing it up to date to try and ensure that Jersey leads the way as being one of the greenest and cleanest places to live.

The existing eco-friendly parking permits scheme, which gives half price parking in all States of Jersey car parks to vehicles with carbon emissions of less than 100g of CO2 per kilometre travelled, will expire on 31 January 2019.

After this date, parking discounts will only be given to EVs and PHEVs with carbon emissions of less than 50g CO2 per kilometre travelled.

Rewarding cars with low emissions is consistent with the recent budget amendment approved by the States relating to Vehicle Emissions Duty.

DfI is making these changes to encourage people to buy EVs and PHEVs that are the cleanest cars on the market. As a further incentive, anyone who registers an EV or PHEV that is new to Jersey will receive free parking in all States of Jersey car parks for a period of 12 months following the initial registration of the vehicle.

This will effectively make a saving of around £1,509 per year compared to full price parking. Owners can expect to save over £750 per year after the initial 12 months as they will be eligible for half price parking.

From 1 February 2018 :

  • the old Eco-Permits scheme will be closed to new entrants.
  • all new applicants will have to apply to the new scheme. 
  • Anyone who already has an Eco-Permit will be allowed to continue to use it until 31 January 2019.  If they have a qualifying EV or PHEV they will be able to continue under the new scheme.

In summary the changes are:

For existing eco-permit holders (with CO2 emissions greater than 50g per km)

  •  half-price Eco-Permit parking until 31 January 2019
  • permits void if vehicle is transferred or sold
  • full price paycard parking from February 2019

Owners of existing EVs or PHEVs with CO2 emissions under the 50g limit

  •  Qualify for half-price Eco-Permit parking in all States of Jersey car parks until 31 December 2019

New (to Jersey) EVs or PHEVs with CO2 emissions under the 50g limit (including second hand vehicles from other jurisdictions)

  • Free parking for the first 12 months
  • Qualify for half-price Eco-Permit parking in all States of Jersey car parks until 31 December 2019
  • £15 administration charge for permits

Newly registered vehicles from 1 February 2018 (with CO2 lower than 100g per km but greater than 50g per km)

  •  Full price paycard parking from February 2018

It is hoped that these changes will have a positive knock-on effect of improving Jersey’s air quality and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Overall, the road transport sector accounts for over one third of energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Reducing the greenhouse gas emissions through reduced consumption of fossil fuels is a stated target of the States of Jersey. 

The changes to the scheme take effect from 1 February 2018 and will run until at least 31 December 2019. The scheme will be extended beyond this date subject to the States’ next Medium Term Financial Plan.

Deputy Eddie Noel, Minister for Infrastructure said “Times have changed, whilst five years ago we were pleased to encourage the purchase of low emission vehicles, we now have to look to electric vehicles to be the best option for the future and our environment.”
More information on the current scheme on eco friendly parking permit

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