London's New Tax On Older, More Polluting Cars Starts Today

Trevor Jackson
October 24, 2017

"London now has the world's toughest emission standard, with older more polluting vehicles paying up to £21.50 a day to drive in the centre of the city".

Called the T-charge, the 10 pound daily tax applies to diesel and petrol vehicles typically registered before 2006 which do not meet the so-called "Euro 4" 2005 European directive to regulate vehicle emissions.

The T-charge is part of a wider push from Mayor Sadiq Khan to improve air quality research and communication in the capital.

That charge is in effect in the same zones at the same time as the T Charge, though it applies to almost all vehicles and costs £11.50 pounds per day ($15).

The Toxicity-Charge - known as the T-Charge - is to be levied on top of the existing Congestion Charge of £11.50 for the majority of cars built before 2006.

That's the claim from Mayor Sadiq Khan, who officially launched the initiative to slash toxic air pollution this morning.

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London's air quality is far worse than minimum legal standards set by the European Union.

He said: "As Mayor I am determined to take urgent action to help clean up London's lethal air".

The pollution is having a significant impact on human health, with a major Lancet study revealing last week that nearly 50,000 deaths in the United Kingdom a year ago can be attributed to the country's toxic air.

Khan said: "Today marks a major milestone in this journey with the introduction of the T-Charge to encourage motorists to ditch polluting, harmful vehicles".

Professor Stephen Holgate from the Royal College of Physicians said: "The implementation of the T-charge is a positive step towards cleaning up London's air and it is showing to the world that it is possible to change behaviors in order to reduce the harms from high polluting vehicles".

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