London’s £10 T-Charge came into effect on October 23.
Introduced by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, the T-Charge – or Toxicity Charge – covers the same area as the congestion charge, and means that vehicles which do not conform to Euro 4 exhaust standards must pay a £10 daily fee, on top of the £11.50 existing congestion charge.
Leonie Cooper AM, Chair of the Environment Committee, said: “We absolutely must do more to prevent premature deaths and stunting children’s lungs from air pollution – so we welcome the Mayor’s T-Charge as a first step towards making London’s air less toxic. However, the London Assembly Environment Committee believes even greater results could be achieved if the measures were implemented at a faster pace.
“The Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will take effect in 2019 and exemption from that will require the Euro 6 standard for diesels.
“Raising awareness of this and discouraging the use of diesel vehicles in favour of much cleaner alternatives should be top of the agenda”.
The T-Charge zone will operate between 0700hrs and 1800hrs Monday-Friday.