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Lambeth follows Richmond's parking tax

Date: 08 January 2007   |   Author: John Mahoney

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Lambeth Council has followed Richmond's example by penalising residents for running high-polluting cars.

Like the borough in the south-west of London, Lambeth plans to increase the cost of resident parking depending on the tax band the resident's vehicle falls into.

The standard charge rises £55 to £155 a year for cars emitting between 121 and 165g/km (tax bands C and D).

Vehicles that are deemed high polluters, in tax band G, emitting more than 225g/km will be charged £200, twice the original residents charge.

The decision to increase parking based on emissions has already come under fire by the AA Motoring Trust who criticise the changes as being "anti-large families", pointing to larger family cars like MPVs that fall in the maximum tax band.

Lambeth says any increase in revenue will fund road safety schemes such as traffic calming and pay for free travel for the elderly and disabled.