Car tax updates introduced by a London borough has seen an emissions-based charge introduced to all parking permits.
These new charges for all applications and renewals for residents, business and industrial permits will be from January 2021.
The scheme came into effect from January 6 (Wednesday) by the Newham Council which could impact thousands of drivers.
It will be based on CO2 categories used by HMRC for taxation with higher polluting vehicles most affected.
And a one-off 20% discount will be applied to the cost of the first permit.
This means drivers with the most polluting cars emitting over 226g/km of CO2 will pay an emissions charge on top of parking.
But the council has confirmed these costs will rise to £200 when the 20% discount comes to an end.
Cars emitting between 171g/km and 225g/km will pay £120 this year with costs rising to £150 from year two.
The council said: “Newham residents are exposed to high levels of toxic pollution from vehicles.
“It contributes to the highest death rate in England according to Public Health England.”
Due to the poor quality of the air they breathe, Public Health England said it kills 96 people each year.
The new parking permit changes are aimed at addressing poor air quality and lowering vehicle emissions.
Families who own more than one car are set to be massively affected by the new scheme.
Newham Council has warned drivers with two cars will receive a discount from the first vehicle, with the second charged at full price.
There will be an additional vehicle supplement of £100 issued to houses applying for two parking permits.
Those with three cars will pay the £100 vehicle supplement for the second car and an extra £200 for the third motor.
The council said the scheme was being introduced to encourage road users towards less polluting vechiles.
Councillors claimed their inboxes have been “overwhelmed” by residents’ concerns over the new scheme.