Due to the new charge, motorists who drive the highest polluting cars in London will have to pay £21.50 per day to use the capital’s roads.
The plans were announced earlier this year by the Mayor of London as part of his plans to improve air quality in central London. The toxicity charge, also know as the T-charge, targets pre-Euro 4 emission standard diesel and petrol engines – this typically means cars registered prior to 2005.
The new charge is being enforced in attempt to clean up London’s air by being imposed during the same 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday time frame as the congestion charge. On top of this, the T-charge enforcement area is identical to that of the congestion charge.
This is estimated to affect 6,500 motorists a day who drive into central London, down from an earlier estimate of 10,000. Furthermore, Sadiq Khan also confirmed that London's Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) will come into force in the same area on 8 April 2019, targeting pre Euro 4 petrol cars and pre Euro 6 diesels.
Then, from 25 October 2021, the ULEZ will extend to cover all areas of London within the North and South Circular Roads which would replace the T-charge in the future. The move to a ULEZ will mean drivers of pre-Euro 6 diesel and pre-Euro 4 petrol cars paying a fee to drive in affected areas London – irrespective of time and day.
This fee, when added to the normal congestion charge, will mean drivers could face a daily charge of £24. It isn’t just cars, the mayor is also targeting coaches, buses, and HGV’s with a £100 per day fee to drive in the T-charge zone and estimates the plans will cut the capital's nitrogen oxide (NOx) levels by 50 per cent by 2020.
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