If you’re the owner of a diesel car and are intending to park in or around Marylebone, then you’d better have lots of change handy. Because from 3 April 2017, you’ll have to pay 50% more – or an extra £2.45 per hour, to park.

The trial, has been introduced by Westminster council after local residents voiced their concerns over air quality in the area. Marylebone is one of the most polluted parts of the borough and it’s hoped that the scheme will make the drivers of diesel cars think twice about bringing them into the area. London already suffers from chronic bad air with the capital exceeding its annual air pollution limit just a few days into 2017.

Number plate recognition will be used to sort the diesel from the non-diesel cars throughout the affected zone which includes: Baker Street, the University of Westminster and Madame Tussauds. Residents with parking permits won’t be subject to any increases in parking charges.

The council have promised that all the extra car parking money will be spent on sustainable transport. If the trial is successful, it will be implemented in other parts of the borough.

But Westminster council isn’t the only one doing something about air pollution, Hackney council have gone one step further and banned all but electric cars from a number of streets around its financial district. With money from the Mayor of London’s office and Transport for London, Hackney council will invest £1 million in providing electric car charging points in the area.

London’s bad air kills nearly 10,000 people a year, and there’s no doubt, that anything that can bring this number down is a good thing. Of course, it does mean that motorists are being squeezed yet again as owning and maintaining a car becomes ever more expensive.

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