What is the London T-Charge and how will it affect me?

Published 16 October 2017

Cars registered before 2005 will be required to pay an extra £10 to enter London's Congestion Zone from 23 October 2017. 

This means the most-polluting cars will have to pay up to £21.50 a day to enter the city during the working week, with the charges active between 7am and 6pm. The charge applies to all vehicles with pre-Euro 4 emission standards (affecting most cars registered before 2005) and will add an extra £10 per day on top of the existing £11.50 Congestion Charge. To check if you'll have to pay, click here.

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It took the capital just five days in January to breach its pollution limits for the whole of 2017 and this has prompted environmental campaigners to call on the Government to create a credible framework for improving air quality. The T-Charge is being introduced in an effort to cut the 9500 yearly deaths in the city linked to long-term exposure to air pollution. The fee is expected to affect 10,000 cars a day.

The Government has also announced plans to ban all petrol and diesel vehicle sales by 2040 in an attempt to tackle the UK's pollution-plagued cities. This plan was just part of the UK’s Clean Air Strategy, which is focused on lowering nitrogen dioxide (NO2) though. In addition, local councils have been granted the power to introduce clean air zones (CAZ) and charge diesels to enter.

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While many of these local councils have now been left to deal with the issue of air pollution on their own, some of the most polluted cities have been told that they must enforce Clean Air Zones by 2019. Birmingham, Leeds, Nottingham, Derby and Southampton make up the councils tasked with creating fully operational CAZ within the next two years.

Oxford is set to ban all petrol and diesel vehicles - except HGVs - in the city centre by 2020 in a bid to create a zero-emissions zone. The city has been granted £500,000 of Government funding to install charging points for electric taxis, and £800,000 to install 100 electric vehicle charging points.

Other schemes being considered to support the zone include reduced parking fees for electric vehicles, electric taxi-only ranks, and electric delivery vehicle-only loading areas. By 2035, the council proposes that the zero-emissions zone will extend to cover all non-electric vehicles in the whole of Oxford's city centre.

The T-charge will be replaced by the Ultra Low Emission Zone (uLEZ) in 2019, initially covering the same area. However, the uLEZ is expected to expland to include even more vehicles by upping the exhaust emission standards.

A national diesel scrappage scheme is not on the cards, with the Government estimating that it would cost £60 billion to scrap all 10 million pre-Euro6 diesel cars and vans that are currently on the road. However, many manufacturers have enacted their own scrappage schemes.

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themarsh    on 23 October 2017

Another Tax on the poor !

   on 24 October 2017

As you say, the Government has announced plans to ban all petrol and diesel vehicle sales by 2040 in an attempt to tackle the UK's pollution-plagued cities. However, will the local councils that have been granted the power to introduce clean air zones, differentiate between old polluting diesels and new Euro 6 compliant clean diesels?

Brian field    on 24 October 2017

Young, old, its not so clear:


Alan Barnes    on 24 October 2017

Here we go again....yet another sad example of what our great brains in Wasteminster and London will do .Yes, surprise surprise, charge motorists over the odds so that they will not use their vehicles very much or at all.What a load of old rubbish ! Instead of being proactive by investing taxpayers money into improved transport infrastructure and vehicle technology like they should have been doing anyway. All they ever do is charge [tax] people in the hope that it will be self regulating.This form of "control" follows the same simplistic ideas which are always rolled out when there is any sort of problem which they are obliged to resolve.
The solution is very easy , if not hard to swallow for those motorists which would be effective, just stop all ICE vehicles from being used altogether from cities and large towns etc now.They did this way back in the 60's when the smog was so bad that thousands of people died or were seriously health impaired by the burning of fossil fuels for heating and industrial use, and the was no great issue with that at the time.the same goes for tobacco smoking which they say causes great suffering and death to those who smoke , as well as having a huge effect on the limited recourses of the NHS.What do they do....virtually nothing except increase the tax on tobacco and impose labeling standards etc on manufacturing. If ,like the exhaust emissions , they really wanted to do something about that, then they should simply ban it, like class A drugs and firearms etc etc....what on earth is their problem ?! [apart from being very weak and stupid of course].....end of rant.

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