Electric vehicles benefit from special parking permit

All Island Electric Vehicle Permit is open to owners of vehicles registered to an Island address between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020.

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The Isle of Wight Council is offering a free 12-month parking permit for owners of new, zero-emission electric vehicles.

The All Island Electric Vehicle Permit is open to owners of vehicles registered to an Island address between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020.

Applications for the permit can be made via the Website.

Councillor John Hobart, Cabinet member for heritage and environment, said:

“Pure electric cars and vans do not pump out harmful emissions into the air we breathe.

“As well as reducing emissions and improving air quality, owners also enjoy miniscule running costs with the cost of recharging significantly less than the price of a tank of petrol or diesel.

“Our new All Island Electric Vehicle Permit supports our sustainable transport objectives by providing a local incentive to stimulate the purchase of electric vehicles by Islanders.”

The council’s Environmental Action Plan has been developed in response to suggestions from the wider community put forward at the authority’s Environmental Conference, in June 2018. 

The promotion of electric vehicles was considered a priority because of their contribution to reducing carbon emissions and improving air quality.

Electric Vehicle Charging Points
There are now five Electric Vehicle Charging Points (EVCP) located in council car parks.

The EVCPs in Ryde, Cowes, Sandown and Freshwater are ‘fast’ chargers which typically take between two and three hours to administer a full vehicle charge.

The EVCP in Newport is a ‘rapid’ charger. This is the fastest available and can sufficiently charge a vehicle in twenty to thirty minutes, costing on average £6 per charge.

Ward: Making plans to meet future demand
Councillor Ian Ward, Cabinet member for infrastructure and transport, said:

“The Isle of Wight Council is forward looking and is making plans to meet the future growth in demand for charging electric vehicles. 

“It is keen to expand its network of electric vehicle chargers in its car parks and is examining how it can provide on-street charging facilities for those not living close to a car park.”

Friday, 12th April, 2019 12:19pm


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So, councillor Dave gets donated an electric car to use ( previously reported by OTW ) and now he comes up with an idea to give him free parking!
On another note, with pricing as it currently is, only the richer in society can afford an electric car. As such, this could be seen as another blow to poorer motorists.


I would go further and include all vehicles which currently qualify for £0 road tax. That would include a number of hybrids in addition to the plug-in models.


Having decimated the economy of a East Cowes with his dreadful procurement of a floating bridge that needs a another vessel to help it operate; will the Cabinet Member for Infrastructure and Transport, Cllr Ward, in his ‘forward looking,’ now be including an electric floating bridge in the Isle of Wight Council’s plans to meet ‘future growth?’

All is not as it seems. As required on the application my zero emission plug in vehicle should be eligible as it is a current first time registered vehicle and is therefore registered between 1 April 2019 and 31 March 2020. If the council don’t want existing electric cars to qualify they should say that the permit is available to eligible vehicles ‘FIRST registered…” between these two… Read more »