Car tax changes could force families ‘off the road’ and ‘boycott’ city centres

'Clean air zone' plans mean diesel drivers could face charges

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Some have warned the fees are a form of “coercion” which could see petrol and diesel drivers “boycott” city centres. Other motorists warned the new changes were “just greed” and an attempt to “hit the motorist” in the pocket.

Readers were reacting to news two UK cities will introduce new car tax changes next month.

Oxford will launch the UK’s first zero-emissions zone (ZEZ) charge on February 28 which will see fees issued to almost all vehicles

The charge will see the most polluting petrol and diesel cars issued a £10 daily fee.

However, even hybrid cars will be hit with charges, paying £2 per day to use the roads.

London’s Congestion Charge will also face an update in February with fees set to be scrapped on evenings and at certain times at weekends.

But the temporary £15 increase introduced due to the pandemic will be retained.

Express reader ‘Specimen-CD587’ said: “That’s how they are going to force people from gas and diesel vehicles.

“They will use taxes and high fuel cost to coerce Britons into electric junk.

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“Pretty soon, everywhere will be a no emission zone.”

‘Newshound21’ said: “Same old story, isn’t it? If all else fails, hit the motorist.

“Nothing to do with emissions, just greed!”

‘Andy Earhol’ added: “That’s not encouragement, it’s coercion by threat of financial penalty.”

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