Tough new measures to crack down on toxic diesel fumes
30 May 2019
Diesel cars, which belch out four times more nitrogen dioxide and over 20 times more particulate matter than petrol cars, will be subject to an extra £50 yearly surcharge to park in Brent to tackle toxic air pollution. The charge will apply to resident parking permits from 3 June and all the money raised will be put towards funding the Freedom Pass for older residents and disabled people.
Diesel emissions are linked with a host of health conditions, including breathing problems. In fact, it is estimated that 200 people die prematurely each year in Brent as a direct result of air pollution.
It is hoped that the new surcharge will incentivise diesel owners to switch to less polluting modes of transport. The charge will increase incrementally, starting at £50 this year and increasing to £75 in April 2020, then to £100 in April 2021.
Cllr Krupa Sheth, Lead Member for Environment, said: "We must confront the inconvenient truth that pollution is having a detrimental impact on our health and the health of our planet. Charging motorists is not a step we take lightly, but we have a duty to protect our residents from toxic air pollution. Other options are available and we want to incentivise people to make greener travel choices."
The new surcharge is the latest in a number of green measures, from electric charging points for cars and the introduction of Lime Bikes, to engine idling enforcement days. Earlier in May, Brent Council vowed to waive street closure fees for World Car Free Day 2019.