In an effort to cut dangerous pollution levels in the centre of London, Mayor Sadiq Khan has announced a new £10 T-Charge for the most polluting cars entering the centre of London.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has confirmed plans to introduce a new £10 T-Charge for all vehicles entering the London Congestion Charge zone – on top of the existing £11.50 fee – for all vehicles with pre-Euro 4 emissions standards.
This age cut-off means that most cars registered after 2005 will escape the charge, but the many pre-2005 vehicles – including all classic cars regardless of historic status – will be subject to the new charge from next year. As it stands, historic vehicles are currently exempt from the Ultra Low Emissions Zone restrictions, however no such allowance will be made for the T-Charge.
This means that if you want to drive your classic into Congestion Charge zone on Monday to Friday between 7am and 6pm, the total cost will be £21.50 per day.
Paris has recently been in the news for a similar scheme, which rather than being charged extra will simply be banned from the city centre during peak hours.
London’s air pollution has been a key issue for the newly elected mayor. Khan said: ‘With nearly 10,000 people dying early every year in London due to exposure to air pollution, cleaning up London’s toxic air is now an issue of life and death.
‘Today we face another pollution public health emergency in London and now it’s our turn to act for the good of Londoners and for future generations to come.
‘That’s why I’m launching a hard-hitting plan of action to clean up our filthy air. Tough challenges call for tough measures, so I’m proposing a new £10 charge for the most polluting vehicles in central London from 2017, followed by an even stronger crackdown on vehicles pumping out hazardous pollutants.’