This concession demonstrates the commitment of The Council to meet its’ climate change target of making the borough carbon neutral and encourages more people to consider electric vehicles.
Cllr David Burton, Chair of Strategic, Planning and Infrastructure Committee said:
“Offering free parking for electric vehicles is an example of what we are doing to improve the air quality around the town centre and across the Borough. Electric vehicles eliminate exhaust emissions whilst driving and will help to improve air quality, especially at air quality hotspots. We know that air quality is a major heath concern to many of our residents and this is something we can do to encourage a change to electric.
“The money saved on parking fees by a daily user of our car parks will be a significant contribution to the higher cost of electric cars.
“Also, we currently have 18 Pod Point Charging bays found in various locations in the town centre car parks which use ticketless machines. Anyone charging their electric car will only need to pay for the electricity and still enjoy free parking.”
In order to make use of this concession battery electric vehicle owners will need to register their car using the RingGo Smartphone App so it can be identified and not be charged for parking.
All Maidstone Borough Council car parks have the facility to pay for parking via the RingGo smartphone app or by phone, which speeds up the transaction process and allows drivers to opt for a reminder text before expiry.
Find out more information here: https://maidstone.gov.uk/home/primary-services/parking-and-streets/primary-areas/electric-vehicles