Edinburgh is the latest city to be hit with a proposed "Diesel Charge"
Edinburgh City Council has started a consultation process to apply a surcharge to diesel vehicles with issued parking permits. This could affect an estimated 8,000 permit holders. ]
The consultation process is now open until the 28th January.
The consultation has come days after London introduction of a £10 toxicity charge on the most polluting vehicles. The City of Edinburgh Council has recently released a statement that there was a growing evidence that diesel engines caused heart attacks, increased lung cancer risks and reduced life expectancy. They also added that “Diesel vehicles work best for longer journeys on motorways, but are not well suited to shorter and slower trips in built-up areas like Edinburgh’s city centre.”
Lesley Macinnes, City of Edinburgh, transport convener, said:
“Evidence is mounting that diesel emissions are causing serious health problems and worsening air quality in cities across the globe and many cities are already taking steps to combat this.
“We’re keen to see what people in Edinburgh think of the idea of adding a surcharge to residents’ parking permits for diesel vehicles.
“We’ll review the consultation feedback in a report to a future transport and environment committee before deciding next steps.”
IAM RoadSmart policy and research director Neil Greig has said:
“This looks like a very blunt instrument to tackle poor air quality in parts of Edinburgh.
“Hard-pressed families often buy the best car they can afford and they cannot be expected to simply change their vehicle overnight and to absorb any loss of value caused by this policy.
“Diesel is still the fuel of choice for delivery, distribution and public transport, which churn out much more pollution in the city centre. “That problem should be addressed first before measures that target private cars, which are more often a necessity rather than a luxury for Edinburgh residents.”