Published on Tuesday 21 February 2017 in Car news
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has confirmed his £10 toxic 'T-Charge' – the toughest emission standard of any world city – will come into force in Central London on October 23 this year ON TOP OF the existing Congestion Charge. Vanarama Content Editor Tom Roberts reports.
The so-called "T-charge" (also known as the Emissions Surcharge) will operate on top of, and during the same operating times, as the Congestion Charge (Monday to Friday 7am-6pm), meaning it will cost £21.50 to drive a pre-Euro 4 vehicle in the zone.
Up to 10,000 of the oldest, most polluting vehicles are expected every weekday to be potentially liable for the new emissions levy, which will apply to motorists who own vehicles that do not meet Euro 4 standards – typically those diesel and petrol vehicles registered before 2006.
To help motorists check whether or not their vehicles will be subject to the EXTRA charge, a free online vehicle checker has been launched on the Transport for London (TFL) website, along with additional advice on what actions can be taken, here: www.tfl.gov.uk/emissions-surcharge
Additional charges for harmful emissions
Commenting on the T-Charge, Mr Khan said: "It's staggering that we live in a city where the air is so toxic that many of our children are growing up with lung problems. The T-Charge is a vital step in tackling the dirtiest diesels before I introduce the world's first Ultra Low Emission Zone as early as 2019."
The Emissions Surcharge will use the same payment and operational systems as the Congestion Charge. From 23 October 2017, TFL will identify whether a vehicle is subject to the T-Charge and the driver will pay for BOTH the Congestion Charge and T-Charge (if applicable) in the same transaction. Existing Congestion Charge Autopay customers will be automatically charged from 23 October 2017.
The T-Charge will use a camera-based mechanism for enforcement, monitoring both diesel and petrol vehicles, and is just one of the wide range of measures the Mayor is introducing to improve air quality in London.