A £10 surcharge on the congestion charge for older vehicles has come into effect today as part of the Mayor of London’s measures to improve the quality of the air in the capital. The charge, which is in addition to the £11.50 congestion charge, will be payable by cars which don’t reach the Euro IV exhaust standard.
Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, said:
“It’s staggering that we live in a city where the air is so toxic that many of our children are growing up with lung problems. Londoners overwhelmingly supported my plans to introduce this £10 charge. I will continue to do everything in my power to help protect the health of Londoners and clean our filthy air”.
The T-Charge, or Toxicity Charge, will operate at the same time as the congestion charge which is 07.00 until 18.00 on Mondays to Fridays. The Mayor’s office said that the charge was being introduced because:
“Thousands of Londoners die prematurely each year as a result of long-term exposure to air pollution – while 438 schools in the capital are in areas exceeding legal air quality levels”.