The scheme would offer significant parking permit discounts for the least polluting vehicles with some drivers only paying £6.50 for an annual resident’s parking permit.
Other initiatives to help Croydon achieve its green ambitions include transforming Old Town into a Liveable Neighbourhood, installing electric vehicle charging points and bike hangars as well as introducing dockless e-bikes across the borough.
Councillor Stuart King, cabinet lead for environment and transport, said: “We are committed to reducing air pollution and want Croydon to become London’s greenest borough.
“Applying a Polluter Pays model is one of a number of ways we are trying to encourage people to make more environmentally friendly journey choices. In this case, we are offering up to a 90% discount for parking permits for the lowest emission vehicles.
“We are working hard to make Croydon London’s greenest borough, and reducing air pollution is at the heart of that challenge.”
A survey for the Local Implementation Plan in September 2018 found nearly three quarters of respondents were concerned about air quality in the borough.
The new parking scheme would see different parking charges for vehicles depending on how much CO2 they produce per kilometre. A separate surcharge could be applied to older diesel vehicles registered before September 2015.
If introduced the new model would be introduced in three stages. The first round would see the model introduced for residents’ parking permits later this year.
Business and all other permits would be introduced in 2020 and on and off street parking restrictions could be introduced the following year.
A formal public consultation on the changes to residents’ parking permits and business permits is currently live and runs until Thursday 20 June. A separate consultation around on and off street changes would take place at a later date.