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London's T-Charge set for October roll-out

Date: 17 February 2017   |   Author: Daniel Puddicombe

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has confirmed his 'T-Charge', which charges drivers of the most polluting vehicles £10 per day on top of the £11.50 London Congestion Charge to enter the capital, will start on 23 October.

Claimed to be the toughest emission standard of any city in the world, the charge will apply to vehicles that do not meet the Euro4 emissions standards - typically cars and vans registered before 2006.

The mayor said around 10,000 vehicles each weekday are expected to be liable to pay the surcharge, meaning it will cost £21.50 to drive pre-Euro 4 vehicles into the centre of London each day.

According to the mayor's office, 9,000 Londoners die prematurely as a result of long-term air pollution caused by diesel vehicles, while 438 schools are in areas that exceed legal air-quality limits.

"On the 14th anniversary of the start of the congestion charge, I've confirmed we are pressing ahead with the toughest emission standard of any major city," Khan said. "Londoners overwhelmingly support my plans to introduce this £10 charge because they feel when it comes to battling pollution the time for action is now."

"London's air quality crisis is one of the biggest challenges we face and we are working alongside the mayor to address it," said Leon Daniels, TfL's managing director for surface transport. "The T-Charge is a crucial part of this work and will discourage drivers of the oldest, most polluting vehicles from driving in central London."

TfL has created an online compliance checker that enables people to easily establish whether they will be affected by the charge.

Transport for London will use cameras to enforce and monitor the charge, with a £130 fixed penalty notice if vehicle owners fail to pay. When making C-Charge payments, the surcharge will automatically be added onto the bill.

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