Diesel car drivers could be facing charges of up to £20 a day, it has been claimed.
New plans for a ‘toxin tax’ are reportedly set to be unveiled by Environment Secretary Andrea Leadsom in a bid to reduce air pollution.
The Sunday Times reported about 35 towns and cities introducing bans on diesel cars and commercial vehicles, charging them daily for entering the busiest areas, or a mixture of both.
Up to 10 million motorists could be affected in the scheme and the latest news comes just a month after Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson revealed his big to make Liverpool a diesel-free city.
Councils would individually consult on the details but newer diesel cars would reportedly be excluded.
Despite pressure the move was not announced in Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Spring Budget last month.
But the small print did show ministers are looking at “the appropriate tax treatment of diesel vehicles”.
This led to fears of tax hikes for diesel cars in the Autumn.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling also signalled a crackdown by warning people should think long and hard before buying a diesel car.
Asked whether motorists should hesitate before buying a diesel, Mr Grayling said: “People should take a long, hard think about what they need, about where they’re going to be driving, and should make best endeavours to buy the least polluting vehicle they can.