New central London T-Charge targets ‘polluting older’ vehicles

A Toxicity Charge – known as the T-Charge – in to be introduced in central London on October 23 targeted at the oldest and most polluting vehicle and 18 months ahead of the capital’s Ultra-Low Emission Zone (ULEZ).

The T-Charge – a £10 per day per vehicle emissions surcharge – applies to vehicles, including cars, vans, minibuses, buses, coaches and HGVs, that do not meet Euro4 standards, typically those diesel and petrol vehicles registered before 2006. It will operate on top of, and during the same operating times, as the congestion charge (Monday to Friday 7am-6pm).

The T-Charge is applicable inside the London Congestion Charge Zone and is in addition to that fee (£11.50 or £10.50 for Auto Pay customers). The T-Charge will use the same payment and operational systems as the Congestion Charge meaning that both charges will be applied, if necessary, in the same transaction.

A failure to pay the daily T-Charge will trigger a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) – £130 reduced to £65 if paid within 14 days – payable by the registered vehicle keeper or operator.

It is widely believed that most fleet vehicles will not fall foul of the T-Charge, but Fleet Service Great Britain is aware of businesses that continue to operate some pre-2006 models.

The Buzz highlighted introduction of the T-Charge in the May 2017 issue when it also flagged up the anticipated April 8, 2019 implementation of the ULEZ urging fleet operators to check the emission standards of their current vehicles.

The ULEZ will also cover the same area as the congestion charging zone. Petrol vehicles that don’t meet Euro4 emission standards and diesel vehicles that do not meet Euro6 emission standards will have to pay a ULEZ daily fee (£12.50 for cars, vans and motorbikes; £100 for buses, coaches and HGVs) to drive in the zone, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Furthermore, the Mayor is proposing to extend the ULEZ across Greater London for heavy diesel vehicles, including buses, coaches and lorries, in 2020, and up to the North and South Circular roads for cars, vans, minibuses and motorcycles in 2021.

Implementation of the T-Charge aims to discourage the use of older, more polluting vehicles driving into and within central London. It is the first step towards the introduction of the ULEZ, when tighter vehicle emissions standards will be required. The T-Charge will end when the ULEZ comes into force.

Further information on the T-Charge is available at: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/emissions-surcharge

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