There has been a 34 percent increase in London residents renting out their driveways to people who work in the ULEZ. This, less than a month after the Ultra Low Emission Zone came into effect.
It shows Londoners and those working in the city are cottoning on to a clever ULEZ life hack: parking up and taking public transport for the remainder of a journey through the capital.
It’s an idea that may become increasingly commonplace, as ULEZ schemes expand to other cities such as Bath, Birmingham, Glasgow and Leeds.
Of course, your car may be eligible for free travel within the ULEZ. The criteria isn’t as tight as you might imagine.
Saving money, saving carbon
The online parking portal, YourParkingSpace, has also worked out cumulative carbon savings. Its customers have apparently prevented 132 tonnes of carbon from being emitted over the course of a year.
“It is very encouraging to see that the ULEZ appears to be having an immediate desired impact,” said Harrison Woods, managing director at YourParkingSpace.
“Our research shows that bookings for driveways on the outskirts of the city have increased since the introduction of the ULEZ as motorists leave their vehicles and continue their journeys into the centre of London on public transport.
“It is also interesting to see the spike in savvy property owners registering their driveways and empty spaces near the ULEZ, making it easier for motorists to find a parking space near a bus stop, train or underground station.
“I would expect this pattern to be repeated in other cities when they introduce their own emission zones.”