The New Town & Broughton Community Council is aware of a recent communication from Edinburgh Council that has been sent to existing Resident Permit Holders on proposed changes but the details contained in the communication are less than clear. The proposals relate to an (additional) surcharge for diesel vehicles and also changes to the use of Pay & Display bays by existing permit holders. We are also aware of warning notices being placed on vehicles in several central zones highlighting the proposed changes.
We are seeking more clarification on these proposals regarding which zones are impacted, when the new changes will come into force and the justification for these changes.
There are some additional details on these changes here.
Once we have more clarification, we will communicate both via our website and will also include this in our forthcoming meeting on Monday 8 May if further information is available at that time.
We’re making changes to parking permits in Edinburgh
Dear Permit Holder
We’re making some changes to our residents’ parking permits in May 2023.
You don’t need to do anything at this stage, as only new residents’ parking permit applications will be subject to the diesel surcharge.
However, please read the information below to find out more.
Our webpage will be updated regularly, including the exact go live date, so please continue to check back often at https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/dieselsurcharge
Here’s what’s changing
- introducing a £50 annual surcharge (additional charge) on all new residents’ parking permit applications for diesel-fuelled vehicles.
- withdrawing all out-of-date residents’ parking dispensations.
Residents’ permits for diesel vehicles
If you are an existing permit holder with a diesel vehicle, you will be exempt from the surcharge for the first three years. This will apply when you renew your permit on time for your current vehicle. The exemption will also apply if you move house but continue to stay within the Controlled Parking Zone or in a Priority Parking Area. However, please contact us before you make any changes to your permit via your online account so that we can ensure this process goes smoothly for you.
If you replace an existing diesel vehicle with another or switch to a new diesel vehicle, even within the three years grace period, the surcharge will apply.
All new applications will be subject to the diesel surcharge. Therefore, if you allow your permit to expire and need to compete a new application, even if you have not moved home or changed vehicle, the surcharge will apply.
If you are a disabled resident with a blue badge you are eligible for a free permit and for this reason you will be exempt from the diesel surcharge.
To find out more about the diesel surcharge, including the exact go live date and the pro-rata price for 3 and 6 month permits, please visit our website at https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/dieselsurcharge
Removal of permit holder dispensations
Over the years, several residents’ parking dispensations have been put in place to allow permit holders to park in other streets or zones in response to local circumstances.
The introduction of shared use parking places in 2021 increased the number and flexibility of parking places, allowing permit holders to park closer to their homes. Therefore, from 1 May 2023 we will remove all ad-hoc dispensation arrangements.
This includes the dispensation introduced in response to the Covid-19 pandemic which allowed valid resident permit holders in Central, Peripheral and Extended Parking Zones to park in pay and display parking places within their own zone.
For more information about parking please visit https://edinburgh.gov.uk/parking
The City of Edinburgh Council