London mayor and prime minister hopeful Boris Johnson announced this week amid much fanfare a new levy on diesel vehicles entering the capital. This made it to the front pages of many UK newspapers, despite ongoing wars in Syria, Gaza, Iraq, Libya and Ukraine, underscoring the significance to the daily lives of many Britons.
The plan is to charge diesel vehicles entering London £10 ($13) on top of the existing congestion charge (£10-11.50) from 2020, presumably providing an incentive for switching to cleaner vehicles over time. The levy will only apply to vehicles that do not meet the Euro 6 fuel standard, which means most diesel cars built before this year. Petrol cars built before 2006 will also be affected by the policy.