Diesel car owners could be forced to pay fifty per cent more to park on the street in areas of London in a clampdown on emissions. Motorists who dr
Diesel car owners could be forced to pay fifty per cent more to park on the street in areas of London in a clampdown on emissions. Motorists who driver older diesel vehicles parking in the East End could see their parking bill soar. Following a trial run in Westminster, the new measure has been introduced to slash the amount of higher polluting cars on the streets. The charge will affect on-street parking in central parts of the borough and is active now.
It is part of many measures to seriously reduce the amount of older and more polluting cars entering London to help improve air pollution.
Pre-2015 diesel cars are affected by the new charges which will add from 85p to £2.45 per hour on top of normal parking fees apply
This means a £4.90 hourly charge is up to £7.35 for pre-2015 diesel vehicles.
Councillor Tim Mitchell, Westminster city council’s cabinet member for environment and city management, said: “We are standing up and taking action to improve air quality in Westminster.
“The evidence proves that the diesel parking surcharge can make a difference. Our residents were clear that they want us to roll out the 50 per cent surcharge across the city.
“Air quality is one of their top concerns, and so this move is an important and logical next step in our commitment to improving the air we breathe.”
The AA, however, says the measure is unfair and is another ‘tax’ on motorists.
A spokesman told the London Weekly News: “Something has to be done about cleaning up the air in central London, and most drivers we speak to have been happy to comply with new ultra-low emission regulations by upgrading their vehicles to make them cleaner.
“But now they find they are still being penalised with this extra ‘tax’.
“The 2015 cut-off date is arbitrary and it re-inforces the impression that a lot of councils use the issue of emissions to generate money for themselves.”
Parking charge schemes like this have previously been introduced in other areas of London including Marylebone and Fitzrovia.
According to the council, the scheme has seen a reduction in the number of older diesel vehicles parking in the Marylebone low emission neighbourhood by 16 per cent.