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Diesel Drivers Face Toxin Tax

Diesel drivers across 35 cities across the UK could face a daily tax of £20 as the Government consider ways to reduce air pollution.

The proposal is to be unveiled later this week by Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom, who suggests that diesel vehicles older than September 2015 may be banned from travelling through cities during peak hours and can expect to pay a daily tax.

It is estimated that over 10 million drivers stand to be affected by the proposal in order to deter older, less carbon friendly vehicles from entering 'clean air zones' in major cities including London, Birmingham, Nottingham and Derby.

The news comes after the Royal Colleges of Physicians and of Paediatrics and Child Health claimed that over 40,000 premature deaths in the UK each year are caused by poor air quality and pollution.

Diesel cars are one of the largest emitters of NOx pollution - a harmful pollutant linked to the cause of respiratory issues.

A government source has since disputed the number of towns and cities affected by the new rules and said their intention is to publish the plans in ‘due course.’