Islington Labour has taken another serious step towards tackling poor air quality in the borough, by becoming the first local council to introduce a new charge for diesel vehicles parking in any short stay bays in the borough.
Diesel vehicles will have to pay an extra £2 per hour to park in any bays across Islington, and the council hopes this will encourage more people to stop using diesel vehicles.
Cllr Claudia Webbe, Executive Member for Environment & Transport at Islington Council, said:
“Islington’s air quality is not good enough. We are determined to take real action to help improve the air we all breathe, and to help local people lead healthier lives.
“Diesel emissions play a big part in contributing damaging particulates to our air, and this extra charge on short stay parking is the latest move in our efforts to reduce these harmful pollutants.
“Alongside the diesel surcharge on residents’ parking permits, our anti-engine-idling policy and our calls for the Mayor of London to ban all diesel vehicles from London by 2025, Islington Labour is leading the way on making a difference to improve air quality.”
Proceeds from the new charge will go into a ring-fenced account to be used for transport and parking related activities. The Council estimates that between 25-30% of the 1.59 million short-stay visitor parking sessions are made by diesel and heavy oil vehicles.
Pictured – Cllr Claudia Webbe