DRIVERS with dirty, old cars who want to come into central London will have to pay an extra TENNER from tomorrow.
The T-charge will come into force on Monday to try and clean up filthy air in the capital.
From tomorrow drivers with older cars will have to pay more to come into London
Motorists will have to pay the congestion charge of £11.50 and another £10 on top in a bid to cut down on pollution in the capital.
On the first day of the half-term holidays, the extra toxin tax will come into force – and will be payable Mondays to Fridays from 7am until 6pm.
Cars, vans, minibuses, coaches and other goods vehicles which don’t meet clean air standards will be forced to cough up the extra cash.
The move is part of London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s plans to try and clean up the city’s air.
He said: “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.
“I will continue to do everything in my power to help protect the health of Londoners and clean our filthy air.”
Mr Khan said it would be the “toughest emission standards of any major city in the world” in order to reduce the 9,500 premature deaths a year linked to poor air quality in London.
Fuel campaigners, motoring chiefs and MPs are outraged by plans for a ‘Toxin Tax’ to extend the zones to other dirty roads – slapping yet more taxes on working Brits.
Some have said it will hit the poorest the hardest.
Howard Cox, FairFuel UK co-founder, said: “He promised to be a Mayor for all Londoners, except if you drive a car. His toxic tax is morally wrong.”
10,000 cars are expected to be hit with the extra charge.
Motorists can check if their vehicle will face the new T-Charge here.
Taxi-drivers and motorbikes are exempt from the new tax.
People who could be eligible for a discount include:
- Residents within the zone
- Blue Badge holders
- Breakdown vehicles
- Ultra-low emission vehicles under 3.5 tonnes that produce under 75g/km of CO2
- Motor tricycles that are one metre or less wide
- Roadside recovery vehicles
Failure to avoid the T-charge will result in a £130 fine, which is reduced to £65 if it’s paid within 14 days