The London T-Charge pollution zone has landed
by Helen Jackson |
posted 31 October 2017
The ‘Toxicity Charge’ or ‘T-Charge’ pollution zone has arrived in London and it’s here to stay. In fact, it’s not just here to stay, it is set to grow in 2019. If you’re thinking the T-Charge – costing £10 – will override the £8 congestion charge already in place, you’d be wrong. The T-Charge is to be paid in addition to the congestion charge and is enforceable between Monday to Friday, within the hours of 7am-6pm. The charge is said to expand in 2019 with the introduction of an Ultra-Low Emission Zone.
Why implement this charge?
It has been reported that thousands of Londoners die each year as a result of long-term exposure to air pollution. It’s not just the average Londoner who it is prematurely affecting. It’s school children, too.
The legal air quality levels around London have been exceeded for a worrying 438 schools based in the area.
The government has committed to help clean up this health crisis. They announced they are to spend £300m on clean buses and a hefty £875m to help tackle air quality.
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan 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.”
Who does the T-Charge apply to?
The T-Charge applies to older and therefore more polluting vehicles. This includes any diesel or petrol vehicles registered before the year 2006. But it does include some later models too.
You can find out if your car is affected by this charge by visiting the Transport for London’s T-Charge checker here.
Does this news impact diesel car sales?
Here at Money4yourMotors, we conducted a Diesel Car Survey in 2017, and the results we got back were interesting.
Before emission concerns were raised, 34.6% of respondents said they would have been ‘very likely’ to purchase a diesel car. Since these concerns were raised about pollution, this figure dropped to 25.08% and the figure for the option ‘very unlikely’ increased by an overwhelming 66% after the emission concerns were raised.
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