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£10 a day 'Toxicity Charge' begins for older, more polluting ICE cars in London

Mon 23 October 2017 | Back to news list

A new £10-a-day T-charge (Toxicity Charge) has begun in London which will operate in addition to the £11.50 Congestion Charge. It will apply to pre-Euro 4 petrol and diesel vehicles driving into central London. It is part of a series of measures by the Mayor of London to tackle air pollution in the capital which also includes the recent launch of a new online car checker designed to help motorists choose vehicles with the cleanest engines.
 
The Mayor's press release says that up to 34,000 polluting vehicles every month could be liable for the T-Charge. Since 1st January 2017 it says that around 2.6 million trips within the zone have been made by such vehicles.
 
Pre-Euro 4 vehicles are typically those registered before 2006 that are approximately over 12 years old, but TfL advise anyone who has a car registered before 2008 to check if their vehicle will be subject to the charge. To help motorists TfL have a free online vehicle checker (see associated link). Over the last six months more than 153,000 people are reported to have already checked to find out if their vehicle will be affected.
 
The T-Charge has been introduced as a response to concerns about air pollution in London. Recent health data has shown 7.9 million Londoners - nearly 95 per cent of the population – live in areas exceeding the World Health Organisation guidelines on toxic air quality particles (known as PM2.5). It is estimated that air pollution contributes to thousands of premature deaths each year in London, as well as causing other health impacts.
 
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “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. The T-charge is a stepping stone to the Ultra-Low Emission Zone, which could be introduced as early as 2019."
 
The T-Charge introduction has been supported by a range of environmental NGOs and health bodies including Greenpeace, the Royal College of Physicians and the British Lung Foundation. However, the RAC raised concerns about the impact on poorer motorists and some small businesses.
 
Shortly before the T-Charge's introduction, the Mayor announced the introduction of an online checker designed to help car buyers choose new, low emission cars
 
What the Mayor says is the world’s first Cleaner Vehicle Checker will provide an independent rating of nearly all new Euro 6 standard cars and many vans being sold in UK showrooms in London.
 
The scheme is intended to empower consumers, who have previously had no way of knowing whether a vehicle is performing as intended when driven in ‘real world’ conditions.
 
The Mayor says that vehicles will be subjected to "robust and independent emissions tests" provided by Emissions Analytics through Portable Emissions Measurement Systems (PEMS) and the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) through roadside testing to scrutinise the performance of vehicles.


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