London’s Islington Council claims it will be the first local authority to introduce a borough-wide surcharge for diesel vehicles using short stay parking.
The £2 surcharge will be introduced early in 2018 and comes in addition to the existing diesel surcharge for resident parking permits, which has existed since 2015.
As an inner-city borough containing several major transport routes, Islington suffers from some of the highest pollution levels in London.
It estimates that between 25-30% of the 1.59 million short-stay visitor parking sessions are made by diesel and heavy oil vehicles.
The council believes the surcharge will help to discourage the use of diesel vehicles and reduce harmful emissions. It said that all funds raised will go into a ring-fenced account to be used for transport and parking related activities.
Cllr Claudia Webbe, Islington Council's executive member for environment and transport, said:
“We hope that this measure will encourage owners of diesel vehicles to switch to cleaner, more sustainable modes of transport and lead to improved air quality in the borough."
“We should not forget though that air quality is a problem for all London residents and we would encourage other local authorities to consider implementing a borough-wide diesel surcharge."