The world’s toughest emission standard the T-Charge to help tackle London’s lethal air pollution

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LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 25: London Mayor Sadiq Khan is interviewed at Westminster on October 25, 2016 in London, England. Following the Government's announcement of the approval of plans for a new runway at Heathrow airport, Khan voiced his opposition of the development and will continue to call for a change in the plan as it is discussed over the coming months. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

The world’s toughest emission standard, the £10 Toxicity Charge (T-Charge) to help tackle London’s lethal air pollution and get older more polluting cars off the roads.

The standard was introduced by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan yesterday.

From 7am drivers of older, more polluting petrol and dirty diesel vehicles will pay the new T-Charge plus the Congestion Charge (C-Charge) – a total of £21.50 (£10 T-Charge and £11.50 C-Charge) every weekday they drive in the zone from 7am-6pm.

Up to 34,000 polluting vehicles every month could be liable for the T-Charge, which affects those that do not meet the Euro 4 standards for both PM and NOx emissions. Since 1st January 2017 these polluting vehicles have made around 2.6 million trips within the zone, contributing to London’s toxic air.

Pre-Euro 4 vehicles are typically those registered before 2006 that are approximately over 12 years old, but TfL advise anyone who has a car registered before 2008 to check if their vehicle is eligible for the charge. To help motorists TfL have a free online vehicle checker available on their website www.tfl.gov.uk/t-charge. Over the last six months more than 153,000 people have already checked to find out if their vehicle will be affected.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has launched the T-Charge to tackle London’s filthy air pollution and prepare Londoners for the early introduction of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone, which he is proposing to introduce as early as April 2019 and which will affect thousands more vehicles in the existing congestion zone, including all diesel vehicles that do not meet Euro 6 standards.

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