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UK: Electric car drivers should get free parking and exemption from all tolls

Electric car drivers should get free parking and exemption from all tolls under ‘green badge’ scheme, think-tank claims

Owners of electric cars would get privileges similar to disabled motorists
Drivers need incentives to buy electric cars to meet environment targets

Drivers who buy electric cars should be given green badges providing free access to public car parks, toll roads and congestion charge zones, it has been suggested.

The scheme would offer privileges in the same way as the blue badge scheme does for disabled motorists.

Local councils would finance the scheme by imposing higher parking fees on people who continue to drive petrol or diesel engine cars.

The proposal comes from the centre left think-tank, the IPPR, which argues substantial incentives are needed to encourage families and businesses to switch to electric vehicles.

The government already offers so-called plug in grants of up to £5,000 to reduce the price of electric cars bought for private use.

However, the IPPR argues more is needed to ensure a massive switch in driving habits if Britain is to meet targets to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases because demand for electric vehicles in the UK has stalled.

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