London's New Tax On Older, More Polluting Cars Starts Today

  • London's New Tax On Older, More Polluting Cars Starts Today

London's New Tax On Older, More Polluting Cars Starts Today

The new "T-charge" applies to both diesel and gasoline vehicles that do not meet the Euro 4 emission standards outlined by the European Commission. Starting yesterday, people driving older, more polluting petrol and diesel vehicles are liable for the £10 T-charge, on top of the congestion charge of £11.50, which has been in place since 2003.

Effectively, owners of the most polluting cars will pay about £21.50 or $28 per day to drive in central London.

London's air quality has frequently surpassed European Union limits in recent years, notably because of increased purchase of diesel-powered cars, which offer increased particulate and nitrogen oxide emissions.

"As mayor I am determined to take urgent action to help clean up London's lethal air", Khan said in a statement.

The university estimates that air pollution is responsible for 9,400 premature deaths in the capital every year.

"Today marks a major milestone in this journey with the introduction of the T-Charge to encourage motorists to ditch polluting, harmful vehicles".

"City Hall says as many as 34,000 vehicles will be affected, but plans have already been set to replace the T-Charge with an Ultra Low Emission Zone from 2019, which is expected to affect thousands more". Khan said that this was "the time to stand up and join the battle to clear the toxic air we are forced to breathe".

But the government says that cars manufactured after 2006 may also be subjected to the charge. That charge is in effect in the same zones at the same time as the T Charge, though it applies to almost all vehicles and costs £11.50 pounds per day ($15).

"This is about an investment in our air, it's not about making a profit".