T-Charge: New London traffic charge comes into force!
As a driver of a 2004 Toyota Prius, one of the cleanest cars, you could be forgiven for feeling a bit hard done to if you live in London. OK, so in reality, central London tends to say that you will own a nice, new car but has this really been thought out?
Drivers of older, more polluting vehicles will have to pay almost twice as much to drive in central London.
Mayor Sadiq Khan‘s £10 T-Charge, which mainly applies to diesel and petrol vehicles registered before 2006, has come into force.
The area covered is the congestion charge zone and takes the daily total to £21.50. Opponents say this will “disproportionately penalise London’s poorest drivers”.
The measure is the latest attempt by Mr Khan to improve air quality in the capital and according to the mayor’s office, will impact 34,000 motorists a month.
Mr Khan, said: “London’s air is a killer and is linked to asthma, strokes, heart disease and dementia.
“I refuse to be a mayor who ignores this and I am determined to take effective action to reduce the harm it does to Londoners.”