Parking charges introduced for diesel vehicles in Westminster
Diesel drivers are being charged an extra £2.45 to park in
certain parts of central London as part of plans to tackle air pollution.
According to the Evening
Standard, Westminster City Council has launched a trial of the so-called
‘D-charge’ at pay-to-park bays in Marylebone, and parts of Fitzrovia and the
Hyde Park area. It is the first local authority in Britain to impose the
surcharge on parking bays.
The trial will see all pre-2015 diesel vehicles pay an
hourly rate of £7.35. All other vehicles will continue to be charged £4.90 per
The 50% surcharge is intended to deter the heaviest
polluting vehicles from parking in the area, which is said to have some of London’s
highest levels of air pollution. The additional £2.45 per hour charge was
introduced last week.
Introduction of the charge was announced earlier this year
when Councillor David Harvey, Westminster’s cabinet member for environment,
sports and community, said: “Additional charges for diesel vehicles will mean
people think twice about using highly polluting cars and invest in cleaner
transport that will make a real difference in the quality of air we breathe.”
The council said
that the pilot 50% surcharge for diesel would also provide valuable insight into
how the policy worked practically and whether there were positive behavioural
changes from it that could be replicated elsewhere.
said it was responding to residents’ concerns about air quality and leading
from the front to tackle it ahead of the Mayor of London’s implementation of
the Ultra-Low Emissions Zone in April 2019.