A new toxicity charge came into effect in London yesterday as a means of improving the air quality in the capital.
The T-Charge will affect many motorists who drive into the city on a regular basis. In order to avoid the charge your vehicle must meet the Euro 4 standard. This means that the majority of vehicles registered before 2006 will incur a charge. If you own a vehicle that doesn’t meet the required standards you’ll be required to pay a charge of £10 each time you drive into the city.
Much to the annoyance of some motorists, this charge isn’t separate from the already existing congestion charge that covers the same area. This means that some motorists will potentially have to pay £21.50 each time they want to drive into central London. The T-Charge will affect all vehicles, including cars, buses, taxis, coaches and HGVs.
It’s estimated that up to 10,000 vehicles will be affected by the T-Charge, which is part of a larger overall plan to improve the air quality in the most central part of London.
Speaking about the new charge, London Mayor, Sadiq Kahn had the following to say –
“As mayor, I am determined to take urgent action to help clean up London’s lethal air. The shameful scale of the public health crisis London faces, with thousands of premature deaths caused by air pollution, must be addressed. Today marks a major milestone in this journey with the introduction of the T-charge to encourage motorists to ditch polluting, harmful vehicles. London now has the world’s toughest emissions standard with older, more polluting vehicles paying up to £21.50 a day to drive in the centre of the city. This is the time to stand up and join the battle to clear the toxic air we are forced to breathe.”