London Making Diesels More Expensive With New Levy

London Making Diesels More Expensive With New Levy

London Making Diesels More Expensive With New Levy

As for the run-up to the fee being implemented, Khan says: "I will continue to do everything in my power to help protect the health of Londoners and clean our filthy air".

Drivers of older, more polluting diesel and petrol vehicles have to pay nearly twice as much to drive in central London, after the city administration has introduced a so-called "T-charge" to improve air quality.

"Today marks a major milestone in this journey with the introduction of the T-Charge to encourage motorists to ditch polluting, harmful vehicles".

The T-Charge will apply to those cars which do not meet Euro IV emission standards, and will operate during the same times as the existing congestion charge - Monday to Friday between 7am and 6pm.

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

A report last week found that pollution is killing 50,000 people in the United Kingdom each year, with the chief executive of the British Lung Foundation saying air pollution is reaching "crisis point worldwide". The new measure is part of an 875-million-pound effort by the mayor's office to address air pollution in London, with the introduction of an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) slated for 2019.

"When the Mayor's own assessments prove it won't work, the T-charge becomes nothing more than an attack on London's poorest drivers and small businesses". Children are particularly at risk due to their developing lungs.

Many clean-air activists have backed also the move, with Friends of the Earth campaigner Jenny Bates telling Sky News the Mayor is "right to try to dissuade drivers bringing the oldest, dirtiest vehicles into central London".

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