Any petrol or diesel car with a pre-Euro 4 engine will be hit with an additional £10 charge to drive in Central London from 23rd October 2017. The new T-charge, or toxicity charge, will broadly affect cars registered before 2005 and it will run alongside the existing congestion charge of £11.50 operating at the same 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday time period. This means that, if you own a car with a pre-Euro 4 engine you will be subject to a total charge of £21.50 per day to enter Central London.
The T-Charge is designed to improve London's air quality in an attempt to reduce the 9,500 yearly deaths that can currently be linked to long-term air pollution exposure. In fact, the capital managed to breach its pollution for the whole of 2017 in just five days in January.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Kahn, 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." He added, "The T-Charge is a vital step in tackling the dirtiest diesels".
Transport for London has launched a free online vehicle checker so that you are able to check whether your vehicle will be affected by the T-Charge.
Pollution is becoming such a pressing issue in the capital that Mr Kahn is proposing to introduce the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) a year earlier than planned in 2019, and extend it beyond Central London from 2020 onwards to the North and South Circular. Those not adhering to the stricter rules of the ULEZ will be subject to a further £12.50 charge to travel in the allocated area. Unlike the Congestion Charge, the ULEZ is planned to be in operation 24 hours a day, 365 days a week regardless of bank holidays.