The Westminster City Council announced that it will apply a surcharge of 50 percent to diesel car drivers in order to crack down on pollution.
This surcharge will be the first of its kind in Britain, as councils debate ways to decrease air pollution.
The current rate to park in the borough is £4.90 per hour, and the council hopes to convince drivers with diesel vehicles to avoid the area altogether by tacking on an additional 50 percent fee for these “polluting” cars.
Westminster’s Cabinet member for environment, sports and community, David Harvey, said, “Residents and visitors tell us all the time that air quality is a key concern in central London.
“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 is certain to profit from this scheme, which means other councils may soon impose similar fees.
President of the AA, Edmund King, said he believes the idea will “Spread like wildfire”.
However, King also feels it would be more sensible for councils to impose fees on older vehicles with diesel engines, since they are responsible for most of the air pollution.