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Drivers of diesel cars have to pay £250 a year just to park near their home



Drivers of diesel cars have to pay up to £250 more a year to park near their homes.

Analysis has shown that on-street parking permits are more expensive for diesel vehicles in several parts of the country.

Eighteen of London’s 32 boroughs have introduced a parking charge for diesel cars.

Hackney is the most expensive area in the capital, with drivers of diesel cars having to pay an extra £250 for on-street parking.

This is followed by Islington, which charges an additional £220, and Merton, which charges an additional £150 in permit fees.

Eighteen of London’s 32 boroughs have introduced a parking charge for diesel cars (file image)

Outside London, Brighton and Hove City Council has excluded diesel cars from the cheapest permits, meaning drivers could pay up to £62.05 more.

Diesel drivers are also being hit by extra parking charges in Edinburgh and Bath.

Luke Bosdet, from the AA, said the extra charges were ‘simply a cash grab from the council’. He added that permits should be used to “regulate on-street parking for the benefit of residents, and not as a tool to demonize car choice.”

A spokesperson for Hackney Council said it introduced a diesel surcharge in 2015 to combat the “public health crisis” from “London’s toxic air”.

Darren Rodwell of the Local Government Association said diesel surcharges – revealed by the Press Association news agency – were “a matter for every council”.