News reaches us that diesel cars are about to be hit with higher taxes to fund pollution-cutting measures in dozens of towns and cities.
Drivers of older diesels also face charges or restrictions in up to 29 council areas where roads have illegal levels of toxic nitrogen dioxide, under the government’s air quality plan, it is widely reported.
Councils will get £255 million for steps such as removing speed humps, changing road layouts, boosting public transport and helping drivers to retrofit older diesels. Draft proposals must be published by the end of March.
The measures will be funded by changes to the tax treatment for new diesel vehicles or “reprioritisation within departmental budgets”. Tax changes will be announced in the autumn.