The pressure to limit pollution caused by diesel vehicles on the streets of central London will eventually lead to an outright ban, according to the Campaign for Better Transport.

Campaigners say that diesel cars cause "serious health damage" to residents of the capital, while UK-wide there are estimated to be 29,000 deaths caused by air pollution – Diesel apparently being one of the major contributors to those deaths.

London is likely to follow the lead of Paris, whose Mayor, Anne Hidalgo, has promised to ban diesel in the French capital by 2020.

Boris Johnson has taken steps towards tackling the issue of diesel pollution in London already; he plans to raise the congestion charge for diesels from £10 to £20.

In addition, cars registered before 2006 would have to pay another fee on top of the congestion charge.

But many campaigners want bigger changes – and for them to be implemented more quickly.

"I think the motor industry is wholly unprepared for the way in which the science is turning against diesels," said Stephen Joseph, of the Campaign for Better Transport.

"The science is hardening up and it is showing different and serious health damage which is a really serious problem.

"Londonis very polluted and busy. Where Paris goes London won't be far behind -London is already talking about an ultra-low emission zone, banning all sorts of diesel vehicles, this is not unlikely that they will banned altogether in the same way Paris has done." Joseph added.

Should London follow Paris's lead?

Such a move will potentially affect thousands of diesel drivers in London– some of's breakdown insurance customers among them. But given the health concerns, is the change the right thing to do? And should such action be taken even more quickly? As always, please leave your thoughts in the comments section below.