Congestion charges to rise in London

Drivers of diesel cars and petrol vehicles registered before 2006 may see a rise in congestion charges in Central London.

Drivers of diesel cars who are thinking about taking their vehicle through Central London could soon face higher charges for doing so.

The mayor of London Boris Johnson said that he wants to see a £10 rise in congestion charges for diesel cars in a bid to cut air pollution in the capital. This means that diesel car owners would have to pay £20 to drive through Central London.

What's more, the congestion charges for petrol cars that were registered before 2006 will also rise. Mr Johnson hopes to put these increased charges in place by the year 2020.

However, cars that are compliant with Euro 6, the newest and strictest level of European emission standards, will only need to follow the standard charge, whether they are diesel or petrol vehicles. This is because they are expected to produce lower mono-nitrogen oxide emissions.

The change intends to push more people towards cleaner petrol cars and electric models in an effort to make Central London an Ultra Low Emissions Zone.

For some drivers, who want to use a car that is cost effective according to the area that they live in, they may now consider what is the best option for them. Diesel car owners and owners of petrol cars from before 2006 that have to drive through Central London frequently will need to stack up the costs for them and decide if a different vehicle would work better.

If this proves to be the case then they could check Car Shop for an extensive range of affordable cars that are varied in age and have a range of petrol and diesel engines on offer.

What is important is that drivers do not sacrifice other cost saving aspects when going in search of a new vehicle, such as fuel efficiency, as this could see them continuing to lose money.

Drivers may also want to consider whether or not their area will become a low emissions zone in the future. Such an initiative has already been introduced in Oxford and it is also being discussed for a number of other cities, such as Sheffield, Birmingham, Leicester and Bristol.

  • On: 28 July 2014
  • By: CarShop

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