New charge for polluting vehicles to tackle London's 'lethal air'

Javier Stokes
October 25, 2017

Mr Khan said: "Since we announced the T-Charge, the amount of the most polluting vehicles coming into the heart of London has fallen by 15% so we're really seeing a change in behaviour and that's what the T-Charge is about".

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

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan launched the T-Charge to tackle London's air-pollution and prepare Londoners for the early introduction of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone, which he is proposing to introduce as early as April 2019.

As for the run-up to the fee being implemented, Khan says: "I will continue to do everything in my power to help protect the health of Londoners and clean our filthy air".

The Mayor's office said that forecasts of the reduction of Nitrogen Dioxide and similar gases would be as low as 1-3 per cent by the T-charge.

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"Small businesses which will be affected are likely to be hit hard by the introduction of the T-charge, which nearly doubles the cost of driving a vehicle through London during peak hours".

The plans have come under criticism from conservative members of the London assembly and the federation of small businesses.

What it will do is hit thousands of small businesses and London's poorest drivers with a financial burden totalling £23m a year.

London's tax on its oldest polluting vehicles comes out in full force Monday in a move to improve air quality. Effectively, owners of the most polluting cars will pay about £21.50 or $28 per day to drive in central London.

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