Mayor launches T-Charge

Glen Mclaughlin
October 24, 2017

The new charge is based on estimates that diesel vehicles account for 40% of all air pollution in the city and add to pollution-related health issues for Londoners.

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

Charges for driving the oldest, most-polluting vehicles into central London have nearly doubled after a £10 toxicity charge, or T-Charge, came into force.

Pre-Euro 4 vehicles are typically those registered before 2006, but Transport for London suggests that anyone who has a vehicle registered before 2008 check if it is liable for the charge.

"It's staggering that we live in a city where the air is so toxic that many of our children are growing up with lung problems", he said in a statement. People living within the zone and driving cars covered by the new charge are eligible to pay as little as £11.05 a day in total for the two.

Under a new "T charge" system, which comes into force today, some 6,500 cars are expected to drive into the capital and pay the fine each weekday.

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The T-charge is part of a wider push from Mayor Sadiq Khan to improve air quality research and communication in the capital.

The measure in London is a step toward creating an "ultra low emission zone" in London in 2020.

But the T-Charge has divided public opinion, with many accusing the scheme of targeting Britain's poorest drivers.

The city of London is making it more expensive for drivers of older vehicles.

Many clean-air activists have backed also the move, with Friends of the Earth campaigner Jenny Bates telling Sky News the Mayor is "right to try to dissuade drivers bringing the oldest, dirtiest vehicles into central London".

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