Low emission vehicle scheme

University staff parking permit holders can get a discount on the price of their staff permit if they drive an ultra low emission vehicle (ULEV) to work.
The tariff is just one part of a package of measures designed to encourage lower carbon travel options.

Frequently asked questions about the scheme:

1. What are the discounts and criteria for eligibility?

A 50% discount for staff with ULEVs that emit less than 50g of CO2/km.
These criteria will be reviewed annually.

The easiest way to check your car is to take a look at the V5C form that all vehicles have (often referred to as the logbook), or input your car details here to find out if yours is eligible: www.gov.uk/co2-and-vehicle-tax-tools.

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2. What if an ultra low emitting vehicle is not practical or I cannot afford to change cars?

Nothing – your permit charges will continue as per the hourly rate banded by Grade.

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3. What if I use more than one car to get to work?

Unfortunately you are not eligible for the scheme if you regularly use more than one vehicle to travel to work.
If you, however, use a ULEV virtually all the time (apart from when having a car fixed or serviced, for example) you can take part but you must inform the Car Park Office of a temporary vehicle change to avoid being in breach of scheme rules (see Q8).

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4. Will my hourly pay as you go rate change?

Yes. Your payment will be altered by the appropriate discount for the duration (provided a V5C is submitted annually).

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5. Can I take part if I am not a University staff member?

Unfortunately the scheme is only open to University staff members with pay as you go permits.

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6. How do I take part?

Take your V5C logbook and your staff ID to the Car Park Office, G.002 Beyer Building (number 49 on the campus map; access via the Old Quadrangle).
A copy of your V5C will be taken and held on file and you will have to sign a declaration.

If you lease your vehicle and don't have a V5C, you can simply bring in your lease document(s) - as long as they contain your name and address that should be fine.

If it is in, for example, your spouse's name, that’s no problem either – as long as you bring your driving licence as well as the lease document(s) to verify that your address is the same address the car is leased to.

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7. What if I don’t comply with the scheme rules?

As outlined in the declaration, failure to comply may result in one or more of the following:

A. Permanent withdrawal/cancellation of any discount and ineligibility to apply for any future discount schemes;
B. Cancellation of parking permit with re-entry to the bottom of the waiting list;
C. Disciplinary action.

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8. Once on the scheme, what happens if I change my vehicle?

As outlined in the declaration, you must inform the Car Park Office. Failure to do so may result in the sanctions outlined in question 7. Once you update your details the discount may no longer apply if your new car isn’t a ULEV.

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9. What else do I need to know?

Once per year you will need to come in again to provide your V5C. We will contact you by email to let you know when your renewal is due.

There are monitoring questions on the declaration. These will be used to understand the success of the scheme in terms of encouraging a switch to lower carbon cars and may be used for carbon calculations.

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10. Why has the University implemented this?

The University takes its Social Responsibly and Environmental Sustainability responsibilities seriously. Whilst http://www.sustainability.manchester.ac.uk/travel/ aims to encourage less car use, it is inevitable that some staff will need to travel by car some or all of the time. Higher Education institutions are now calculating their overall carbon footprints, which includes commuting (Scope 3 emissions). Car travel is usually a much more carbon intensive form of travel than alternatives.

If you would like to know more about the University's sustainable travel initiatives, visit the http://www.sustainability.manchester.ac.uk/travel/

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11. I have a query which is not answered here; who can I ask?

Please email lev@manchester.ac.uk/ carparking@manchester.ac.uk

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