‘Pure dictatorship!’ Brits rage as combustion car drivers will pay huge parking costs

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The parking charges are split up into bands which categorise which vehicles will have to pay based on how environmentally friendly the car is. The maximum charge is £33.50 for those wanting to pay for up to nine hours, who have a non-Euro 6 compliant diesel vehicle.

For Band 5 – which is all non-Euro 6 compliant diesel vehicles that produce more than 201g/km of CO2 – one hour of parking will cost drivers £5.50.

In comparison, cars in Band 1 that release less than 100g/km of CO2 will only pay £1.50 for parking.

All electric vehicles will benefit from this, as the price to stay for up to nine hours is £13.50, just £1 more expensive than it would be for a diesel car to park for three hours.

Express.co.uk readers have now shared their huge dissatisfaction with the new parking proposal with some calling the measures a “pure dictatorship”.

One reader named Cas1919 said: “This country is becoming a pure dictatorship to all drivers, the rules/regulations in this day and age are appalling.

“People complaining about polluting the air are obsessed with the ozone and ‘saving’ the planet but what about India, China, and Putin playing with his toys yet nothing is said about that because the Government and Councils ‘working’ from home penalise drivers.”

Another Express reader Jon Joe said: “The councils are supposed to represent the people.

“They seem obsessed with money, yet services don’t improve.

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“There is something seriously wrong here, all the money they make, yet invent even more charges & then plead poverty.

“All in the so-called name of saving the planet, the biggest con & guarantee to make money.

“Time they were taken to task enough is enough.”

KDave added: “So petrol and diesel drivers are forced to pay car tax on their car’s emissions and are now forced to pay for their emissions in the form of parking surcharges!

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