Diesel car drivers have been dealt another blow as they face extra charges to park in central London under a pilot scheme which is likely to spread nationwide.
As part of a crackdown on air pollution Westminster City Council will in April become the first town hall in Britain to impose a parking surcharge on polluting diesel cars.
The scheme will attempt to deter motorists to drive diesel cars into the area by forcing them to pay an extra 50 per cent in addition to the normal charge of £4.90-an-hour to park their cars.
Although it will be deeply unpopular with many motorists, it is expected to be highly lucrative for the council, making it a potentially attractive policy for others to adopt.
Edmund King, president at the AA, warned: "Like any new tax regime which makes money for local councils this scheme is likely to spread like wildfire."
He added: "However it will hit many drivers who bought diesel cars in good faith, with many of them encouraged to buy diesel cars by previous Government incentives which promoted them.
Frankly they would do better to reduce air quality by getting rid of older diesel trucks, buses and taxis which cause most of the pollution."
According to the AA 50pc of air pollution caused by diesel vehicles is caused by just 10pc of vehicles.
All diesel vehicles are included in the crackdown including those with the new generation engines which allegedly remove 99% of NOx emissions