Toxicity Charge part of a package of actions by Mayor of London to help clean up London’s polluted air
The T-Charge comes into effect on Monday 23 October and is part of a package of actions being taken by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to help clean up London’s polluted air, especially nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter. Both of these contribute to thousands of early deaths in London each year and impact our health over the course of our lives, leading to smaller lungs in our children, and greater risk of dementia and stroke when we get older.
The T-Charge is an additional £10 daily charge which applies to older vehicles that don’t meet minimum exhaust emissions standards in the central London Congestion Charge zone. It will be in effect from 23 October 2017 between 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.
Cars, vans, minibuses, buses, coaches and HGVs, motorised caravans and horseboxes, breakdown and recovery vehicles, private ambulances, motor hearses, dual purpose vehicles and other specialist vehicle types that do not meet the minimum Euro emission standards are subject to the T-Charge. Motorised tricycles and quadricycles that are subject to the Congestion Charge are also affected. Motorcycles are not subject to the T-Charge. Use the vehicle compliance checker to find out which vehicles are affected.
The T-Charge can be paid in the same way as the Congestion Charge, using the same payment and operational systems so drivers will be able to pay both the Congestion Charge and the T-Charge in the same transaction.
Discounts and exemptions are broadly the same as the Congestion Charge, however 9+ seater vehicles that do not meet the minimum emission standards will be liable to pay the T-Charge. A full list of exemptions and discounts can be found here.
The charge is intended to reduce toxic emissions in London and help clean up our dangerously polluted air. The best way to help cut these toxic emissions which harm Londoners’ health is not to drive unless you have to. Walking, cycling and public transport are the cleanest ways to travel in central London. Visit TfL’s Journey Planner tool for more information.
If you do need to drive, you can avoid paying the T-Charge by using a vehicle that meets the standards. If you are buying a second-hand vehicle, please be aware that the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) will soon be in force and has stricter standards for diesel vehicles.
If you are purchasing a new vehicle, consider electric, hybrid or alternatively fuelled vehicles. Certain electric and hybrid vehicles are also eligible for a government grant to help reduce the costs of a new vehicle. Car clubs are a great option for those who need to drive infrequently. Plan ahead. Take public transport, walk or cycle where possible, or pay online at tfl.gov.uk/t-charge