Following the introduction of CO2-related parking charges in Richmond two years ago, Richmond Borough Council have developed a new scheme that once more benefits drivers of low-CO2 cars, but also makes life a little easier for everyone.
No more scrabbling around in pockets, bags and that dusty back corner of the glove-compartment (which is strangely also slighty sticky) for change - Richmond Card holders can be Queen for the day and not carry any hard cash.
Working in a similar fashion to the Oyster Card, the Richmond Card requires pre-registration with the Council, giving the license number and CO2 emmissions band (based on DVLA guidelines). Richmond Card holders can then charge parking to the card across the Borough.
A registration form is available from the Civic Centre in Twickenham, from libraries, and from the Council website at www.richmond.gov.uk/parking.
Once funds have been topped up on the card, it can be used in parking ticket machines throughout Richmond, and remaining credit is shown on the pay-and-display machine itself.
From 1st October, residents with the Richmond Card will be paying according to the CO2 emmissions band their car falls into - the lower the CO2 emmissions, the lower the charge. Cash-payers will pay at the regular higher level.
Regards, Silas Van Der Bas
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