London is taking T-charge to clean itself up
From 23rd October, there will be an extra £10 charge to travel through London for any vehicle that does not meet Euro 4 standards
London’s air pollution has reached such high levels it contributed to over 9,000 premature deaths each year. To combat this, older cars that do not pass Euro 4 emission standards – typically vehicles that were produced before 2006 – will now have to pay a £10 charge to travel through London – on top of the usual congestion charge.
On 17th February, 2017, 14 years after the introduction of the congestion charge, Sadiq Khan confirmed that “we are pressing ahead with the toughest emission standard of any major city, coming to our streets from October 23rd.” He explained that the T-charge was the vital step before he introduces “the world’s first Ultra Low Emission Zone as early as 2019.”
To do this, Khan intends to extend his influence beyond Central London to the North and South Circular roads. The zone will require vehicles with high pollution levels to pay a further charge – currently set at an extra £12.50 – for driving within its boundaries, and is currently scheduled to be introduced in 2020. However, Khan's plan is to bring that forward to 2019. He has also pledged to transform London’s bus fleet by phasing out pure double-decker diesel buses and only purchasing hybrid or zero-emission double-decker buses from 2018.
The T-charge will use cameras to monitor both diesel and petrol vehicles, but if you are concerned for your vehicle you can go to the Transport for London website where there is an online vehicle compliance checker: http://bit.ly/2kCQ96r
It’s estimated that the charge will affect up to 10,000 of the oldest, most polluting vehicles every weekday. And as the T-charge, or Emissions Surcharge, will operate at the same time as the Congestion Charge (Monday to Friday 7am-6pm), it will cost £21.50 to drive a pre-Euro 4 vehicle in London.
Alongside this, Sadiq Khan is hoping to introduce a diesel scrappage fund to compensate drivers who need to replace their vehicles. Proposals include £3,500 for up to 70,000 polluting London van and minibus drivers to buy cleaner vehicles; a £2,000 credit scheme to help low-income London families scrap up to 130,000 cars and £1,000 to help scrap London’s oldest taxis - with additional support by the Mayor.