Supercars exempt as first emissions charge in London hits low income drivers hardest

Britain’s first daily emissions charge which targets the worst polluting vehicles will punish families disproportionately, critics have claimed, as they added wealthy motorists will avoid paying.

From April 8 drivers who travel into central London face a £12.50 charge, on top of the congestion levy, if their cars and vans do not meet emission standards regulated by the European Union.

While popular family models including ‘eco-branded’ versions of the Ford Fiesta, Renault Clio and Vauxhall Astra will be subject to the charge, expensive supercars such as the Lamborghini Aventador and Aston Martin DB11 will be exempt.