A senior Hull councillor says he would like to introduce free city centre parking for drivers of electric vehicles.

Councillor Phil Webster believes the move would encourage more people to switch to electric cars.

Although not yet an official council policy, the cabinet portfolio holder for finance said he was determined to turn the idea into reality.

"If you want to have a carbon neutral city, you have to be prepared to do radical things," he said.

"Free parking for electric vehicles in the city centre isn't exactly radical but it makes a lot of sense to me.

"Electric cars are quite expensive at the moment but if you happen to live or work in the city centre and start factoring in free parking then suddenly owning an electric car becomes more of an attractive proposition."

The council recently set a target of 2030 for Hull to become a carbon neutral city and is set to spend £18.2m over the next three years on a series of eco-friendly projects geared towards reaching that goal.

Have your say

poll loading

Should drivers of electric cars be allowed to park for free in Hull city centre?

500+ VOTES SO FAR

They include installing 34 new charging points across the city as well as charging facilities at Hull Interchange to encourage bus operators to switch from petrol to electric.

Additional charging points at the Interchange will also be installed for use by rail commuters who also park there.

Current council budget proposals also include cash for an expansion of rooftop solar panel installation work on council buildings and car parks as well as the construction of up to two new wind turbines and a battery storage facility of a new green energy industrial park in Sutton Fields.

Councillors are also planning to spend £100,000 sponsoring what will be the second annual electric car race around the city centre later this year.

Want to stay up to date with all the council decisions and debates happening where you live?

Then join the Hull council news Facebook group.

The group will bring you all the latest news as it happens.

To join, click here.

Find the latest traffic updates in your area

Follow Hull Live

Our daily newsletter - To get the latest headlines direct to your email inbox every day, click here.

Download our app - You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple's App Store, or get the  Android version from Google Play.

Follow us on Instagram - On the Hull Live Instagram page we share gorgeous pictures of our stunning city - and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories.  Click here to follow Hull Live on Instagram.

Looking for the latest news in your postcode? Visit  InYourArea.co.uk to stay up to date with what is happening near you.

Do you want a new job? Visit  Fish4Jobs  to see all the vacancies in your area.