Up to 10000 vehicles a day liable for London emissions charge


Up to 10000 vehicles a day liable for London emissions charge

Motorists in London who own old polluting vehicles are to be hit with a new charge from October, Mayor Sadiq Khan said on Friday, two days after the European Union ordered Britain to cut air pollution.

There's a checker that's been put together to give some broad guidelines about what cars and vans are included, with the Mayor's office suspecting that as many as 10,000 vehicles entering the city might need to pay the fee - enough to pay for a gas mask for every child under the age of 11.

The mayor's ultimate goal is the world's first "ultra-low emission zone", which will charge more polluting cars, to come in from 2019, subjet to consultation.

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The T-Charge, otherwise known as the Emissions Surcharge, will start in the autumn half-term and operate alongside and on top of the Congestion Charge, which runs Monday to Friday from 7am to 6pm in Central London. This effectively means driving any auto made before 2006 into central London during the day from Monday-Friday will cost an additional £10 on top of the existing £11.50 Congestion Charge.

In total, more than 37 stakeholders and organisations - including numerous councils, Global Action Plan and the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association - support the principle of the T-Charge, which uses cameras as monitoring and enforcement measures.

It is created to improve London's air quality, and will work alongside the existing £11.50 congestion charge during the same 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, window.

It will apply to both diesel and petrol cars.

"I will continue to do everything in my power to help protect the health of Londoners and clean our filthy air", Khan added.

The mayor repeated his call for the Government to introduce a diesel scrappage fund and bring in a new Clean Air Act.

You can find out if the T-Charge applies to your auto by using this online tool.

Khan had launched a consultation on the T-charge proposals in July previous year as part of efforts to combat rising pollution levels.

"Under assessment by his own people, the mayor's flagship air pollution policy is predicted to have only a "negligible" impact on air quality, reducing poisonous NOx gasses by just 1-3%", Mr Bailey said.