Diesel car drivers will be charged an extra £2.45 an hour from today to park in parts of central London, in an attempt to combat toxic air.
Westminster council is launching a trial of the “D-charge” on pay-to-park bays in Marylebone, and parts of Fitzrovia and the Hyde Park area. It is the first town hall in Britain to impose the surcharge on parking bays.
The hourly charge for all pre-2015 diesel vehicles will be £7.35. All other vehicles will continue to be charged £4.90 per hour.
Announcing the charge in January, 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 50 per cent surcharge is intended to deter the heaviest polluting vehicles from parking in the area, which has some of the city’s highest levels of air pollution.
It has support of community groups including the Marylebone Association.
Sadiq Khan is introducing a £10 “T-charge” for older, more polluting cars, on top of the congestion charge, on October 23.