London introduces 'T-charge' to curb auto emissions

by Susie Olson October 25, 2017, 0:45
London introduces 'T-charge' to curb auto emissions

Starting Monday, cars registered before vehicles were forced to meet new European emissions standards now face a toxicity charge of 10 pounds ($13.50) a day in addition to the congestion charge of 11.50 pounds every time they enter central London.

Hopefully the introduction of the T-charge - ahead of a wider Ultra Low Emission Zone - will help spark a change in drivers' mindsets and set an ambitious example for other cities.

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said the move was a "major milestone" in tackling the thousands of early deaths caused by London's "lethal air".

"Small businesses which will be affected are likely to be hit hard by the introduction of the T-charge, which nearly doubles the cost of driving a vehicle through London during peak hours".

But the T-charge was just the first part of the scheme.

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But responding to claims that the charge would have no impact, Khan told Radio 4′s Today programme this morning: "I'm hoping that after a few weeks and months, we will see a drop in the number of people driving the most-polluting vehicles into Central London".

It is due to be replaced by a stricter Ultra-Low Emission Zone in 2020, although Mr Khan is consulting on bringing this forward to 2019.

Transport for London documents describe the expected air quality improvement as "negligible".

Bates added: "We urgently need a programme of meaningful financial assistance to help drivers of the dirtiest vehicles switch to something cleaner, and bold policies to cut traffic over all".


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