Today, 23rd October 2017, Central London has just become the toughest city in the world for vehicle emissions with the introduction of the “T Charge”.
What is the T charge?
The Toxicity charge has been introduced to help reduce the capital’s poor air quality. It will affect the most polluting vehicles whether diesel or petrol being charged an additional £10 per day if the travel into central London between the hours of 7.00am and 6.00pm Monday to Friday. This charge is in addition to the congestion charge of £11.50 making the total charge £21.50.
Will my vehicle have to pay the T charge?
It charges vehicles that do not meet the Euro 4 standards for particulate matter and nitrogen oxide emissions which means that drivers of a vast majority of vehicles registered before 2006 will have to pay the £10 charge. You can check to see if you will have to pay on the Transport for London website. https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/emissions-surcharge/emissions-surcharge-checker
This is the beginning of a larger plan to improve air quality in London. In September 2020 the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will come into force in central London, where all cars, motorcycles, vans, minibuses, buses, coaches and lorries will need to meet exhaust emission standards (ULEZ standards) or pay a daily charge, when travelling in central London. Again this will be in addition to the congestion charge
Why is this happening?
The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has said “"With nearly 10,000 Londoners dying early every year due to air pollution, tackling poor air quality is a public health emergency that requires bold action." Transport is responsible for a large proportion of the emissions that damage the health of those in London.
According to Transport for London website “The communities suffering most from poor air quality are often the most vulnerable and at least 360 primary schools are in areas exceeding safe legal pollution levels.”
With the introduction of the T charge and in a couple of years the ULEZ, it is aimed to reduce the amount of nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) and particulate matter and therefore improve the air quality in London.