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City of Edinburgh Council — Parking Permit Diesel Surcharge consultation

Deadline 28 January 2018

As part of the Council’s Parking Action Plan a review of parking permits in Edinburgh is taking place, with the aim to improve air quality and enhance quality of life.

Diesel vehicles work best for longer journeys on motorways, but are not well suited to shorter and slower trips in built up areas like Edinburgh’s city centre. There is growing evidence to suggest that diesel engines;

  • contribute to poor air quality
  • increase the risk of lung cancer
  • can cause heart attacks and
  • reduce life expectancy.

Major European cities such as Paris and Madrid have pledged to ban diesel vehicles by 2025 and several London Boroughs have already introduced a diesel surcharge on residents’ parking permits.

With an estimated 8,000 diesel permit holders’ vehicles in Edinburgh, the Council needs to consider how pollution can be tackled, air quality enhanced and the health of people living and working in Edinburgh improved.

This consultation seeks views from people living, working or visiting Edinburgh on the proposal to apply a surcharge on parking permits issued to owners of diesel vehicles.

To respond to the consultation see here.