Central London introduces new toxic vehicle charge

By Charlotte Whyatt - Tue 31st Oct 2017
Central London introduces new toxic vehicle charge

Owners of older, more polluted petrol and diesel vehicles will now have to pay a £10 T-Charge in order to drive through Central London.

This is on top of the existing £11.50 congestion charge which anyone who drives through Central London between the hours of 07:00 and 18:00 Monday to Friday is required to pay daily.

It's applicable to all Pre-Euro 4 vehicles which were previously been defined as any registered before 2006, but now Transport For London (or TfL) have suggested that anyone who drives a vehicle registered before 2008 should check to see whether they may be liable to pay.

The charge, which is expected to cost around £7 million per year, was introduced by the current Mayor of London Sadiq Khan in an effort to improve the air quality of the capital where the legal pollution limit is regularly exceeded.

“As mayor, I am determined to take urgent action to help clean up London’s lethal air,” said Khan. “The shameful scale of the public health crisis London faces, with thousands of premature deaths caused by air pollution, must be addressed.”

Drivers living in the Central London zone are eligible to pay a total of £11.50 for both the T-Charge and the congestion charge.

The addition of the T-Charge comes in preparation for the Ultra-Low Emission Zone which is due to be introduced in Central London from April 2019 and will require all vehicles to meet a strict exhaust emission standard or risk paying another fine.
 
Source: The Guardian