From the 23rd October 2017 the new T Charge or Toxicity Charge will come into effect in London. It will apply to all older vehicles entering the centre of London and will cost an additional £10 on top of the congestion charge. Vehicles that do not comply with Euro 4 Emissions, typically those registered before 2006 will be liable.
It applies to 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.
For fleet managers this could be a concern as regular visits to the city using an older vehicle could soon rack up additional travel costs. However many companies have now opted for 3 year lease vehicles or have switched to electric or hybrid which meet the requirements meaning they avoid the increased costs.
Dozens of other cities in the UK are looking to follow London’s lead on both congestion and emissions.
Air pollution is one of the most a significant challenges facing London. The T-Charge seeks to significantly help improve air quality in London, in particular with regard to nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulate matter, both of which have an adverse effect on human health.
To check if your vehicle will be affected Transport for London have a Vehicle compliance checker on their website.
The T-Charge will use the same payment and operational systems as the Congestion Charge. Transport for London will identify if a vehicle is subject to the T-Charge and the driver will pay for both the Congestion Charge and the T-Charge (if applicable) in the same transaction.
More information and guidance can be found below.