London has become the first UK city to charge drivers a penalty for toxic vehicle emissions. The so-called T-Charge kicked in on 23 October and means that drivers will have to pay a £10 on top of the £11.50 Congestion Charge, even if your vehicle doesn’t meet Euro 4 minimum emissions standards.
That means every London trip could now cost you £21.50/day in taxes. It’s all part of the Mayor Sadiq Khan’s plan to tackle air pollution. Around 9,000 early deaths in London are thought to be caused by long-term exposure to air pollution each year. As a result Mr Khan is investing £875m over the next five years to alleviate the problem.
Other initiatives include the launch of the world’s first “Ultra Low Emission Zone”, which would mean that all vehicles, except taxis, had to adhere to minimum emission standards. This is subject to consultation but could be in place in central London by 2019.