As of Monday 23 October, 2017, a new congestion charge will be introduced to the Capital, with the aim of improving air quality in Central London and creating a healthier place for people to live, work and visit.
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan tweeted the announcement on Monday morning, receiving a mixed reaction.
The £10-a-day T-charge, affecting older, more polluting vehicles, is now live. https://t.co/9QiOZsKPHe— Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) 23 October 2017
The ‘T-Charge’ (officially known as the Emissions Surcharge) is one of the first steps towards the introduction of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) – a 24-hour charging zone in Central London for older vehicles, due to be introduced by 2020.
The T-Charge zone as illustrated by TfL.
The T-Charge will see HGVs of Euro 4 standard or older charged a standard fee of £10 to enter Central London between 7am and 6pm, Monday to Friday. HGV’s which do not meet Euro 5 or better emissions standards will be expected to pay the charge. To check whether your vehicle is exempt or not, you can use Transport for London’s T-Charge Compliance Checker. Vehicles that are parked up between the hours of 7am and 6pm will not be required to pay the charge.
Failure to pay the charge will result in a £130 fine, which will reduced to £65 if paid within 14 days of receipt.
The T-Charge will be in addition to the current C-Charge and covers the entire Congestion Charging Zone. If you pay a monthly C-Charge, there will no additional action required for payment of the T-Charge, as TfL say it will be automatically added on top of your current payments.
An example of an HGV that would be required to pay the new T-Charge
“Up to 10,000 of the oldest, most polluting vehicles are expected every weekday to be liable for the new emissions levy, which will apply to vehicles that do not meet Euro 4 standards – typically those diesel and petrol vehicles registered before 2006.
The T-Charge on lorries is a modest tax, but the coming changes the mayor plans for ULEZ in 2019 will be a massive tax burden. It will impose taxes on those operators of lorries just a few years old who simply cannot afford replace nearly new lorries - we will see jobs lost and hauliers put out of business to achieve very modest air quality improvement.”
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