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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 the oldest, most polluting vehicles on London roads.

This ‘T Charge’ applies mainly to diesel and petrol vehicles registered before 2006 and will come into force on 23 October 2017 in time for the start of the school autumn half-term.

You can check whether your vehicle will be affected by the 'T-Charge' 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.

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 has taken hard-hitting action to tackle it head on.

Currently over 9,000 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) and is 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.

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
  • 438
    schools in London
    are in areas exceeding legal air quality levels