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The Mayor's new £10 'Toxicity Charge' for London’s most polluting cars

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has launched a £10 toxicity ‘T-Charge’ aimed at older, more polluting vehicles on London roads.

The ‘T Charge’, which went into force on 23 October 2017, applies mainly to diesel and petrol vehicles registered before 2006, but includes later models too.

You can check whether your vehicle will be affected by the 'T-Charge' (or Emissions Surcharge) by using this free online vehicle checker.

The 'T-Charge' will operate on top of (and during the same operating times as) the Congestion Charge (Monday to Friday 7am-6pm), so it will cost £21.50 to drive in the zone if your vehicle is affected.

In the run-up to its launch, Sadiq has 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... Londoners overwhelmingly supported my plans to introduce this £10 charge…I will continue to do everything in my power to help protect the health of Londoners and clean our filthy air. 

Why introduce the ‘T-Charge’?

Air pollution in London is a public health crisis and the Mayor is taking hard-hitting action to tackle it head on.

Thousands of Londoners die prematurely each year as a result of long-term exposure to air pollution – while 438 schools in the capital are in areas exceeding legal air quality levels.

The Mayor has doubled funding spent on tackling air quality to £875million (over the next five years). He's also consulting on bringing forward the start date of the central Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) from 2020 to 2019 and expanding the ULEZ up to the North/South Circular roads.

Over 15,000 Londoners took part in the Clean Air consultation on Talk London last year, and we saw strong support for the proposal of an emissions surcharge (the new ‘T-charge’).

Cleaner Vehicle Checker

To help motorists choose less-polluting vehicles when they want to buy a new car or van, the Mayor launched a Cleaner Vehicle Checker in October 2017.

The first part of this online tool offers motorists independently-tested emissions data for most new (Euro 6) standard cars and vans on sale in the UK. Checkers for used and fleet vehicles will follow.

Air pollution facts

  • £875m
    to be invested
    in tackling air quality
  • £300m
    to be spent
    on clean buses
  • 9000+
    early deaths per year
    as a result of long-term exposure to air pollution (September 2017)
  • 438
    schools in London
    are in areas exceeding legal air quality levels