New parking charge for drivers of diesel cars in Islington
Extra charge in Islington is first scheme of its kind in the country
04 January, 2018 — By Emily Finch
DRIVERS of diesel cars now face a £2 per hour charge when parking in the borough as part of a new Town Hall scheme introduced today (Thursday).
The fee – the first of its kind in the country – is expected to raise £1.2million this year but Councillor Claudia Webbe, the Town Hall’s executive member for environment and transport, said she hopes it will encourage drivers to switch to greener modes of transport.
“We want to protect people’s health,” she said. A lot of people in the borough have serious health problems because of diesel fumes which is one of the biggest causes of death.” Cllr Webbe said she was prompted to spearhead the policy after seeing a large number of residents in her Bunhill ward develop various illnesses including cardiovascular disease, brought on by pollution.
“It can’t be right that because you live in Islington, which has a huge amount of traffic, you have to bear the brunt and burden of through-traffic polluting our health,” she said. All drivers of diesel vehicles in short stay parking bays will have to pay the surcharge. Drivers currently pay parking fees over the phone or via a mobile phone application called Ring Go where they input their car registration number. “The DVLA automatically tells us if it’s a diesel or heavy-duty vehicle and the extra charges will apply automatically,” said Cllr Webbe.
“We felt it was our responsibility to act and it was not something we needed to trial. We don’t do it to raise income but what will come through will go into transport improvement.”