Diesel drivers may soon be hit by £20 a day fee 0

Diesel-drivers-may-soon-be-hit-by-20-a-day-feeDrivers of diesel cars may soon be hit by a £20 a day penalty, if proposed government legislation is passed.

Environmental secretary, Andrea Leadsom, has unveiled plans for a proposed ‘toxin tax’ as part of measures to cut down on air pollution, reports The Sunday Times.

The report details how at least 35 towns and cities across the UK will have bans on diesel cars and commercial vehicles, daily charges on them entering the busiest areas, or a combination of the two.

The measures could affect up to 10 million cars in cities including Leeds, Southampton, Nottingham and Derby.

A source said the Department for Environment, Food and Rural affairs (DEFRA) “did not recognise” the figures announced in the Sunday Times story, but plans will be announced “in due course”.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has already mentioned the possibility of the most polluting vehicles having to pay a “toxicity charge” if they want to enter the capital.

Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, said “People should take a long, hard think about what they need, about where they’re going to be driving, and should make best endeavours to buy the least polluting vehicle they can.

“I don’t think diesel is going to disappear but someone who is buying a car to drive around a busy city may think about buying a low-emission vehicle rather than a diesel.”

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