London introduces 'T-charge' to curb auto emissions

Frederick Owens
October 24, 2017

Charges for driving the oldest, most-polluting vehicles into central London have nearly doubled after a £10 toxicity charge, or T-Charge, came into force. 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.

As part of a range of measures making up the scheduled Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ), the charge is expected to halve nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter emissions by 2020.

The charge applies to petrol and diesel vehicles with engines that fail to conform to Euro 4 emission standards, The Guardian says.

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

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. To mark the launch of the T-Charge a new consumer campaign on air pollution was unveiled last week, featuring everyday objects covered in soot particles.

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"That means fewer adults suffering from asthma, strokes and dementia, but also children hopefully not having the under-developed lungs they now do".

"When the Mayor's own assessments prove it won't work, the T-charge becomes nothing more than an attack on London's poorest drivers and small businesses".

"Sadiq Khan tells us he is desperate to clean up London's harmful emissions but this road tax won't make a dent", said Bailey.

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