Hackney Council is asking local people to have their say on plans to introduce motorcycle parking permits in the borough, aimed at tackling London’s poor air quality by encouraging riders to switch to less polluting models.

The proposals would see resident permits introduced for motorcycles, which would be in line with cars with similar emissions, working out at about £5 a month for most motorcycle riders.

As with cars, businesses would also have to apply for permits for their motorcycles, and visiting motorcycle riders would have to apply for a visitor permit if parking in resident permit holder bays. This would discourage short journeys, and encourage commuting riders to use public transport instead.

Motorcycles would continue to be charged at current rates if they park in pay and display bays.

As part of the proposals, the Council would install lockable motorcycle parking hoops across the borough to improve motorcycle security.

Seven of the 11 other inner London boroughs already charge motorcycle riders for permits.

Combustion engine motorcycles produce similar levels of dangerous nitrous oxide as cars, with up to five able to be parked in one car space. 

Residents can have their say by visiting consultation.hackney.gov.uk and searching for ‘motorcycles’. The consultation closes on 18 May 2020. 

The Council is also hosting a series of drop-in sessions, where residents can discuss the proposed changes. Details of the drop-in sessions are available at consultation.hackney.gov.uk – with the first being held at Ridley Road Market at 10am-2pm on 6 March. Residents can contact parking.policy@hackney.gov.uk or 020 8356 4008 with any questions or if they would like to request a paper copy of the consultation.

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