Parking permit charges to DOUBLE for some residents in Barking and Dagenham
PUBLISHED: 16:18 20 July 2018 | UPDATED: 16:33 20 July 2018
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Parking permit charges in Barking and Dagenham will double for residents with the most polluting cars.
The council’s cabinet unanimously decided to hike the charges in a bid to tackle air pollution.
The changes will see car owners with the most petrol guzzling vehicles pay £140 per year for parking permits, up from £70.
Almost 1,800 residents who paid between £43 and £49 for their permits will have to fork out £80 from September 1.
Car owners who previously paid nothing because their vehicles were low emission, releasing between 50 and 100 CO2 g/km will now have to pay £18.
Diesel car owners whose cars do not meet the Euro 6 emission standard will face additional charges of £50 per year for the first year, rising to £75 per annum.
Councillor Margaret Mullane said the council was bringing in the charges to reduce air pollution and “protect children”.
She said: “Some people in the borough might just think we are on a revenue raiser, which we are not. If we do bring this parking tickets will go down, which is a good thing.
“The safety of the children is paramount. We don’t make money out of parking charges.”