London Congestion Charge to Hit SUVs Hard

The Mayor of London is proposing a discount on the 8Pounds rate for greener cars but an increase to 25Pounds for 'environmentally damaging' vehicles.

Published: 13-Jul-2006

THE London congestion charge will treble for large 4x4s and other fuel-hungry cars, under plans by Ken Livingstone to penalise vehicles with high levels of carbon dioxide emissions.

The Mayor of London is proposing a discount on the £8 rate for "greener" cars but an increase to £25 for "environmentally damaging" vehicles. The top rate would apply to any vehicle emitting more than 225g of CO2 a kilometre (g/km), including the Range Rover, Toyota Land Cruiser and some versions of the Renault Espace and BMW 5-series.

Cars emitting 120g/km or less, such as some models of the Citroen C2 and C3, and the Renault Clio, would pay less than £8, though the exact figure has to be decided. But the new sliding scale of charges would mean about 44 per cent of motorists paying more than £8.



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