London introduces $12 daily 'toxicity charge' for most polluting cars
Feb 17 2017 by Joanne Wise
London's pressing ahead with plans to introduce its "Toxicity Charge" later this year, with the scheme adding an extra £10 to the cost of driving some older models of vehicle into the city from October 23.
"That is why today, 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, coming to our streets from October 23rd". Nearly every type of vehicle is affected meaning pre-Euro 4 cars, vans, minibuses and motorhomes will have to pay.
"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".
Days after the European Commission issued a "final warning" to Britain and four other countries to address breaches of nitrogen dioxide pollution limits, London mayor Sadiq Khan on Friday announced a new £10 charge to deal with the crisis in the metropolis.
The £10 per day charge will be levied on top of the Congestion Charge and will apply to vehicles which do not meet Euro 4 standards, meaning drivers will pay a total of £21.50 for entering the congestion charge zone.
"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", he went on to add.
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"I will continue to do everything in my power to help protect the health of Londoners and clean our filthy air". But the latest research shows that these diesel vehicles are now responsible for nearly 40% of all NO2 emissions in the UK's major cities.
It will be introduced on October 23, at the start of the autumn half-term, and will be in operation Mondays to Fridays, 7am to 6pm.
The T-Charge had been mooted for some time, but the latest announcement puts firm details into place.
The charge is a step to bringing in the world's first "ultra-low emission zone", which will charge more polluting cars.
"Under assessment by his own people, the mayor's flagship air pollution policy is predicted to have only a "negligible" impact on air quality, reducing poisonous NOx gasses by just 1-3%", Mr Bailey said.