With it recently being announced that the UK is failing to meet the EU's emission's targets - the Government has been thinking of way's to make this happen. With the nation's diesel driver's being the hardest hit.
Diesel drivers may face a pollution fee when entering 16 city centres following a High Court judgement. Plans for six city-wide 'clean air zones' in Leeds, Derby, Nottingham, Birmingham, London and Southampton mean drivers will have to pay charges by 2020.
If plans go ahead a further 10 cities, including Liverpool and Manchester, will also roll out the charges by 2025. Previously it was only diesel lorries, buses, taxis and some vans that would have paid the new charge, however, car drivers may now be included. This move could be in place by next year in London and 2018 in other big cities.
Other measures could include banning diesel cars from some major roads where air pollution exceeds legal limits, or increasing parking charges for diesels. Westminster Council in London is already imposing a £2.45 per hour parking surcharge on diesel cars that are over two years old.
It is estimated that 9,400 deaths occur each year in London due to illnesses caused by long-term exposure to air pollution, while 448 schools in London are in areas exceeding legal air quality levels.Limits for nitrogen dioxide were introduced by EU law in 1999, and were to be achieved by 2010.
In response to this Car makers are launching new diesel scrappage schemes, amid a growing threat of higher taxes and surcharges to drive diesels in certain areas. Drivers are being offered £2,000 or more by manufacturers including Ford, Mercedes and BMW to trade in their old diesel car for a brand new model that would be exempt from many of the proposed charges.
The Treasury has confirmed that car tax rises for diesel owners or a fuel duty increase on diesel fuel are being considered. Further action against diesels is expected by next March when councils must publish plans to improve air quality in their area.
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