4x4 drivers face parking charge hikeCouncil considers pollution-related permits

12 April 2007

Higher parking permit charges for gas-guzzling vehicles could be introduced by another major local authority.

Islington council in north London is planning to hold a referendum on whether more polluting vehicles such as 4x4 off-roaders should face higher charges.

If the council members agree next week, all Islington residents will be balloted as to whether permits should be issued according to carbon dioxide emissions levels.

Should Islington introduce such a system, it would be following another London borough council - Richmond upon Thames - in bringing in higher permit charges for less-green vehicles.

Tough choices

Islington council leader Councillor James Kempton said: 'This council's priority is listening to Islington. That's why, on this important and high-profile issue which will affect everyone in the borough, whether they own a car or not, we want to ballot all our residents.

'Everyone agrees we have to make changes to help tackle climate change, but not everyone agrees on which changes we should make. There are tough choices to be made if we want to make this borough greener and our residents know this.'

He went on: 'As a community, we are already taking bold steps to tackle climate change. This is challenging individuals to reflect on the cars they drive and the pollution they cause and the impact this has on people's environment. We are sharing this particular dilemma with local people, we know there will be both supporters and opponents and we look forward to engaging them in the debate.'

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