New charge for polluting vehicles to tackle London's 'lethal air'

A new charge for the most-polluting vehicles comes into effect today, with those entering central London facing a daily payment of £21.50.

Those driving older, more polluting petrol and the dirtiest diesel vehicles will pay the new T-Charge of £10 plus the Congestion Charge (C-Charge) of £11.50.

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".

The charge is applicable to Pre-Euro 4 vehicles every weekday between 7am-6pm.

These are typically vehicles registered before 2006, but Transport for London suggests anyone who has a vehicle registered before 2008 should check to see if it is eligible for the charge.

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan launched the T-Charge to tackle London's 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.

As Mayor I am determined to take urgent action to help clean up London's lethal air. The shameful scale of the public health crisis London faces, with thousands of premature deaths caused by air pollution, must be addressed. Today marks a major milestone in this journey with the introduction of the T-Charge to encourage motorists to ditch polluting, harmful vehicles. London now has the world's toughest emission standard with older more polluting vehicles paying up to £21.50 a day to drive in the centre of the city. The T-charge is a stepping stone to the Ultra-Low Emission Zone, which could be introduced as early as 2019. This is the time to stand up and join the battle to clear the toxic air we are forced to breathe.

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London