New diesel tax in Merton - residents should have the right to say 'No, thank you...'
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Merton Council is implementing an extra parking tax on all diesel vehicles that have a Resident, Business or Trade parking permit, from April 2017, starting at £90 in 2017/18, rising to £115 in 2018/19 and then reaching £150 in 2019/20. This discriminates against about half the borough which currently have to pay for parking permits and those areas under consultation in the future.
The Council ignored the advice of its own consultants in not consulting with residents on the impact of such a high a surcharge and has broken its 2014 manifesto promise to “…continue to freeze the cost of resident and visitor parking permits for another 4 years.”
The Merton surcharge is considerably higher than those for diesel cars in other London boroughs (£10 in Camden, £19 in Kensington & Chelsea and £96 in Islington) - isn't this just another revenue-raising measure by Merton Council?
Surely residents should be consulted on something so financially significant - what about the lorries and buses in the borough, which are significantly more polluting and might actually make an impact on air quality? Why isn't something being done that is meaningful, rather than tax a convenient minority ? This is not about pollution, this is about a fair and pragmatic approach to addressing an important issue.
As it happens, after some digging around, there is a consultation being run until 3 February 2017, but only if you happen to know where to look for the details on the Council's website, as this has not been publicised to residents within Controlled Parking Zones. The link is:
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