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Parking charges introduced for diesel vehicles in Westminster

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 hour.  

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.  

The authority 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.