London introduces vehicle pollution levy

Drivers will have to pay the new 'T-charge' from tomorrow
Sadiq Khan hopes the charge will cut pollution in London
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24 October, 2017

Starting yesterday, people driving older, more polluting petrol and diesel vehicles are liable for the £10 T-charge, on top of the congestion charge of £11.50, which has been in place since 2003.

The new levy - which is expected to affect 34,000 motorists a month - will mainly apply to vehicles registered before 2006, which typically do not meet the required Euro 4 standards. UCL's Day nursery in Bloomsbury is one of 27 nurseries in the capita in areas that fall foul of legal air quality limits. The new charge is based on estimates that diesel vehicles account for 40% of all air pollution in the city and add to pollution-related health issues for Londoners.

Green groups today welcomed the introduction of the T-Charge, but some warned more support is needed to encourage drivers to switch to cleaner vehicles.

Drivers of older, more polluting diesel and petrol vehicles have to pay nearly twice as much to drive in central London, after the city administration has introduced a so-called "T-charge" to improve air quality. "This is the time to stand up and join the battle to clear the toxic air we are forced to breathe". "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".

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The fee mirrors the Congestion Charge by applying only to the central London zone and cars operating weekdays between 7am and 6pm.

"This is about an investment in our air, it's not about making a profit".

The T-Charge is an additional cost, taking the total to £21.50.

And he defended the plan against claims it would do little to solve the problem because relatively few vehicles are covered by it, saying it was part of series of measures, including the forthcoming introduction of the ultra-low emission zone.


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