London fights pollution with old diesel vehicle charge

Drivers will have to pay the new 'T-charge' from tomorrow

If you have a vehicle that does not comply with Euro 4 standards on emissions you will have to pay and extra £10 to drive through central London - meaning a total daily fee £21.50 when combined with the current congestion charge.

The Toxicity-Charge - known as the T-Charge - is to be levied on top of the existing Congestion Charge of £11.50 for the majority of cars built before 2006. 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.

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The measures comes after Britain's High Court ruled that United Kingdom government measures to combat air pollution were failing to comply with European Union rules on nitrogen dioxide limits.

"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 said in a statement. The new charge is based on estimates that diesel vehicles account for 40% of all air pollution in the city and add to pollution-related health issues for Londoners. That charge is in effect in the same zones at the same time as the T Charge, though it applies to almost all vehicles and costs £11.50 pounds per day ($15).

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Mr Khan said: "Since we announced the T-Charge, the amount of the most polluting vehicles coming into the heart of London has fallen by 15% so we're really seeing a change in behaviour and that's what the T-Charge is about".

However, she said it was "only one step towards clean air". "By boasting about a policy that so disproportionately penalises London's poorest drivers and puts jobs at risk, the Mayor is simply blowing more smoke into the capital's already-polluted atmosphere".

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