Diesel car drivers in Brent face annual £50 parking charges from October
PUBLISHED: 09:40 11 April 2018 | UPDATED: 10:35 11 April 2018
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Diesel car drivers in Brent could soon start paying a £50 levy for parking permits under plans to clean up the borough's filthy air.
Cabinet chiefs will launch a consultation process in June after agreeing a levy on resident parking permits for diesel vehicles should be raised to £50 on October 1.
The price will then be increased to £75 next year and £100 in October 2020.
Brent Council first mooted the idea to charge motorists £25 at a cabinet meeting in July 2016 but the rise was delayed, a spokeswoman said, to give owners of diesel vehicles enough time to respond to recent revelations about increased pollution risk.
The council says traffic and transport is the largest contributor to air pollution in Brent, accounting for at least 52 per cent of emissions in the borough.
Diesel vehicles can emit up to four times more nitrogen oxides and 20 times more particulate matter than petrol ones.
Those particulates have been linked to cancer, heart and lung damage, the onset of asthma in vulnerable people, as well as other health problems and even death.
Brent has some of the highest pollution levels in London and poor air quality is believed to cause 9,000 premature deaths every year in the capital.
The move to start charging diesel vehicle drivers has been welcomed by air campaigners in the borough.
Fiona Malaisho, chairwoman of Clean Air for Brent (CAfB), said: “With 200 and more Brent residents dying annually from air pollution, and diesel vehicles being the primary emitters of nitrogen dioxide, this is definitely a welcome move from Brent Council.
“However, CAfB would want to see this as a wider package of measures, and this to include traffic interventionist measures from the council.”
A council spokeswoman added: “We hope additional charges for diesel vehicles will encourage people to think twice about using highly polluting cars. We hope they will consider switching to cleaner, more sustainable modes of transport that will make a real difference to our environment in Brent.”