Sadiq Khan confirms London's 'T-Charge' will start in October

Motorists in London who own old polluting vehicles are to be hit with a new charge from October, Mayor Sadiq Khan said on Friday, two days after the European Union ordered Britain to cut air pollution.

"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".

This means anyone in a pre-Euro 4 auto driving (roughly) further north than Vauxhall, further east than Paddington, further south than Islington and further west than Whitechapel will have to stump up a total of £21.50 for each day they drive in the zone, which operates between the hours of 7am and 6pm, Monday to Friday.

The new measure is part of an 875 million pound effort by the mayor's office to address air pollution in London, with the introduction of an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) slated for 2019.

Under the proposals, the owners of diesel and petrol vehicles manufactured before 2005 that do not meet Euro 4 emissions standards for nitrogen oxide (NO2) and particulates will be required to pay.

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Dr Penny Woods, chief executive of the British Lung Foundation, called the charge an important step to deter the most polluting and harmful vehicles from entering Central London.

Mr Khan said the new emissions levy - dubbed the "T-Charge" - represents the toughest emission standard of any world city.

The Toxicity Charge will cost £10 and applies to the same areas and times covered by the London Congestion Charge; it will also operate using the same payment systems. "But now is the time for Government to show real leadership and join me by introducing a diesel scrappage fund and bring in the new Clean Air Act we desperately need".

The package seeks to incentivise "dirty" diesel drivers to switch to cleaner vehicles and protect the health of people in London and across the country.

"The High Court made it crystal clear that protecting human health must take top priority - so the Government should be working with the Mayor to speed up policies and mitigate the impacts on drivers and small businesses through a scrappage scheme and other fiscal policies - not holding him back".

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