Guide to parking electric vehicles in London

The decision to change over to electric vehicles will soon take effect in the next few years.  Changing to electric vehicles is a plus point for PCO and private hire drivers, as there are many advantages.


  • exemption from congestion charge
  • exemption from ULEZ charges
  • 100% discounted road tax
  • Plug-in grants for new EVs.
  • Zero or low-emission vehicle get discounts on parking in many London Boroughs.

Parking electric vehicles in London Borough

Overall, there is no rules for electric vehicle parking in London; however, each borough has their own guidelines and discounted offers for electric vehicle drivers and the price varies from area to area.

London Borough that offers free parking for electric vehicles

There are many london Boroughs that offer free electric vehicle parking; yet, some boroughs have a charge.  Below are boroughs that offer free electric vehicle parking.

  • Barking and Dagenham
  • Hammersmith and Fulham
  • Hillingdon
  • Hounslow
  • Newham
  • Redbridge
  • Westminster and Richmond Upon Thames

Whilst other boroughs such as, Barnet, Camden, Hackney, Tower Hamlets and may more have applied discount on their charges.

Is there a charge for parking when charging your electric vehicle?

As a PCO or private hire driver, you may have to pay a charge for parking your electric vehicle in a residential street without parking permit.  On the other hand, some residential areas may permit PCO and private hire drivers to park the vehicle free of charge, just when recharging the vehicle battery, whilst some residential spaces have limited time. 

As not all charging network have the same rules and regulations when it comes to parking electric vehicles, it is better to check in advance.  To check the requirement of parking, i.e., fares and availability, this can be checked through dedicated electric vehicle charging network apps.


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