T-Charge

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-02-25
Session date: 
February 25, 2019
Reference: 
2019/4019
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

The T-Charge will be superseded by the introduction later this year of the ULEZ. What has been the financial impact of the T-Charge? What has been the reduction in the number of polluting vehicles? How much income has been raised? What was the implementation cost and what are the operating costs?

Answers

Answer for T-Charge

Answer for T-Charge

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Officers are drafting a response.

T-Charge

T-Charge

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I confirmed the introduction of the T-Charge in February 2017 as a stepping stone for the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ). I also announced my intention to consult on bringing forward the start date for the central London ULEZ by 17 months to 8 April 2019.

The proportion of vehicles travelling into the T-Charge Zone (now the central London ULEZ area) that meet the ULEZ standard has increased by 55 per cent between February 2017 and March 2019. This is based on average unique vehicles detected during Congestion Charge hours per charging day.

The cost to Transport for London (TfL) for implementing the T-Charge was £14.4m. The table below details charges purchased by vehicles that did not meet the emissions standards and Penalty Charge Notices issued to vehicles that did not meet the standards and did not pay the charge. It should be noted that, in line with TfL’s standard accounting procedures, adjustments may be made at a later date to account for refunds or cancellations that have not yet been processed.

23 October 2017 - 31 January 2019
T-Charges purchased 501,290 £4,090,175
PCNs issued 62,617 £3,261,943

Since the T-Charge operated as a surcharge to the Congestion Charge, it was managed as part of the Congestion Charging operation; there were no separate operating costs.