800px Reva charging Thinktank suggests free parking for electric cars

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) in the UK has called for free parking for electric vehicles, which could encourage drivers to switch to the more environmentally friendly mode of travel.

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) in the UK has called for free parking for electric vehicles, which could encourage drivers to switch to the more environmentally friendly mode of travel.

 
The thinktank wants a green badge for the eco-cars, similar to the blue badge used by disabled drivers, and has called for free parking, free travel through toll bridges, and the ability to park on yellow and red lines.
 
Not all are on board for the idea, however. Motoring firm the AA said it thinks allowing parking on double yellow lines could increase congestion and thus emissions from other vehicles. A spokesperson for the AA classified the idea as “a bit of an own goal.”
 
800px Reva charging Thinktank suggests free parking for electric cars
 
The issue appears to be focused on parking in restricted zones, so the IPPR may win more support by dropping this element and just calling for free parking and free tolls.
 
Currently electric car sales are rising in the UK, thanks to a £5,000 government grant towards them, but the figures are stilled dwarfed by sales of conventional cars, with 2,000 electric vehicles sold in 2012, compared to 1.9 million petrol or diesel cars. The grant is due to expire in 2015, but free parking could be a great motivation for many drivers contemplating the switch.
 
Source: The Guardian
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