Tax on Diesel Vehicles
Diesel car motorists face paying a new diesel road tax once they travel into urban and metropolitan centres as car contamination levels are undertook, it is stated.
The Times has stated that the largest amount of emissions produced comes from older vehicles, so the diesel road tax would be a way of reducing those emissions.
Boris Johnson (Mayor of London) has proposed the diesel road tax in an aim to get drivers to switch to cars with cleaner fuels. Under the new regulations, a motorist with a diesel engine will be charged £10 when they drive into the centre of London.
The Times went on to state that the diesel road tax, which is due to come into effect in 2020, would be on top of the current congestion charges, meaning that any diesel motorist that travels into London’s low emission zones will pay at least £20.
Furthermore any petrol vehicles registered before 2006 will have to pay the tax. The only vehicles that won’t need to pay the tax are those that meet the Euro 6 emissions standard.
There are zones in Oxford city centre that are for buses only and the city is planning on expanding it. Under the new regulations, 15 urban centres across the UK would create low emission zones, which would mean that old diesel vehicles would be prohibited from driving in them.
It is believed the new regulations are being contemplated as the UK will be severely fined if they miss the European carbon emissions reduction target.
Within the next 15 years, cities such as Leeds, Birmingham and London could face dangerous levels of carbon emissions warned the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Therefore, action must be taken now.
The Times also reported that the Euro emissions standards have not decreased emissions as much as was originally envisaged. Therefore, the Government are looking at ways to stop people from driving diesel vehicles.