London Making Diesels More Expensive With New Levy

London Making Diesels More Expensive With New Levy

The new "T-charge" applies to both diesel and gasoline vehicles that do not meet the Euro 4 emission standards outlined by the European Commission.

London's air quality has frequently surpassed European Union limits in recent years, notably because of increased purchase of diesel-powered cars, which offer increased particulate and nitrogen oxide emissions. 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.

Charges for driving the oldest, most-polluting vehicles into central London have nearly doubled after a £10 toxicity charge, or T-Charge, came into force.

The capital city has introduced a new £10 ($13) emission charge that affects the most polluting vehicles.

Green groups today welcomed the introduction of the T-Charge, but some warned more support is needed to encourage drivers to switch to cleaner vehicles.

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It is due to be replaced by a stricter Ultra-Low Emission Zone in 2020, although Mr Khan is consulting on bringing this forward to 2019. This could mean some owners paying a combined 21.50 pounds a day to drive an area which covers all of central London - to the south of King's Cross station, to the east of Hyde Park, west of the Tower of London and north of Elephant and Castle.

He said: "As Mayor I am determined to take urgent action to help clean up London's lethal air". Khan said that this was "the time to stand up and join the battle to clear the toxic air we are forced to breathe".

The total daily levy can be reduced by £1 if drivers register to pay the congestion charge automatically.

London's new Toxicity Charge (T-Charge) is already making a difference to air quality on the streets of the capital.

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