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What is the T-Charge?

  • London’s new emissions levy explained
  • Applies to most pre-2006 vehicles
  • Set to cost drivers £10 a day 

The T-Charge (aka the Toxicity Charge) is a £10 levy on older vehicles entering the centre of London. It came into effect on 23 October 2017 and applies to all vehicles which do not meet Euro 4 emissions standards – typically those registered before 2006.

When and where is the T-Charge be enforced?

The T-Charge runs in the same area and over the same operating times (Monday to Friday 7am-6pm) as the existing London Congestion Charge zone.

Pre-Euro 4 vehicles entering the zone during the prescribed hours are liable for a daily fee of £21.50 (this including the existing £11.50 Congestion Charge levy).

Do I have to pay the T-Charge?

It all depends on whether your vehicle meets Euro 4 emissions standards. Transport for London (TfL) has provided an online vehicle checker for users to determine whether their car meets the Euro 4 standard. Click here to access it.

Why introduce the T-Charge?

Experts claim that London is facing a public health crisis due to the current levels of air pollution. London Mayor Sadiq Khan hopes that by creating the Toxicity Charge, the number of high-polluting vehicles in the capital will be reduced.

Click here to see how the T-Charge affects van drivers 

Khan stated that, '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. If we don’t make drastic changes now we won’t be protecting the health of our families in the future.'

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