U.K. councils are increasingly charging drivers for parking based on vehicle emissions, hitting higher-polluting cars with higher fees and disproportionately impacting those with lower incomes. The Telegraph has the story.
Drivers are having to fork out hundreds of pounds each year to park their cars as new Net Zero charges spread nationwide.
Analysis by the Telegraph has found that one in seven councils charges for parking based on vehicle emissions, which leads to the most polluting vehicles being hit with higher fees.
Some councils have tripled their rates for petrol cars in the last year, while some drivers are having to pay as much as £110 extra this year for year-long permits.
Drivers of diesel vehicles are being increasingly targeted, with 18 councils now introducing separate surcharges for these vehicles.
Councils argue that such charges are needed to improve air quality and encourage people to use more sustainable forms of transport.
However, the spread of the charges has been criticised by motoring groups, which have labelled them “inherently unfair” and “inconsistent”.