London’s T-Charge To Hit Heavily-Polluting Vehicles From October 23

London’s much-discussed T-Charge for heavily polluting vehicles will go into effect on October 23, 2017, and force select drivers to pay £21.50 ($28) a day to drive in the center of the city during peak times.

The charge will hit pre-Euro 4 petrol and diesel engines, meaning most cars registered before 2005. It will be enforced between 7am and 6pm on weekdays and is expected to impact about 10,000 vehicles that use London’s inner-city streets.

Alongside passenger cars being hit with the T-charge, any pre-Euro 4 coaches, buses and lorries will have to pay £100 ($131) a day.

In a statement, London mayor Sadiq Khan said “The air in London is lethal and I will not stand by and do nothing. Today I’m announcing bold proposals which are critically needed to safeguard Londoners from our air quality health crisis.”

In April 2019, Khan ultimately wants to introduce an Ultra Low Emission Zone in London which would force motorists of pre-Euro 4 vehicles to pay a fee to drive in London, no matter the time. If this plan goes ahead, London will have the toughest emission standards of any major city.


  • BGM

    Sadiq Khan is a worthy successor to Red Ken Livingston, Londonistan indeed. Mo’ money, mo’ money, mo’ money… Their ultimate goal is to forbid the automobile for the masses, robbing them of their autonomy and herding them into mass transit that will run at the convenience of the government. Except for the elites, of course, they will always have their cars with their drivers and their bodyguards, the better to keep them away from the unwashed masses.

    • John

      the first thing that came to my mind when you said “herding them into mass transit” wasn’t at the convenience of the government… but the convenience of certain…. dangerous group.

    • Status

      Cars are already prohibitively expensive for the masses. Also, you’re not being robbed of your autonomy if you can walk or cycle.

  • Charles Lane

    While this will spur buyers to pick greener cars that can afford it the tax should be significantly higher but gradual over the next pre selected time. Gently pushing people in the right direction is better than shoving them. Slow build the tax to a point where it would be irrational to keep a heavily polluting car.

    For example:
    Start at 6 pounds and raise it two pounds a moth till it hits 50 pounds a day or 100 if you are really serious. This will give consumers a few years to change their habits in order to keep a car as per BGMs exaggeration of a point.

    • eenymac

      I take it the airlines that enter and exit Heathrow airport daily, right over the city, also pay some sort of charge to the city for emissions too? Must be low cost though as they even want to expand and increase the air traffic…….or all this global warming / emissions malarkey is overhyped…..but that can’t be the case….can it?
      I know particulate emissions, especially in the confines of the city streets can be a major air quality problem, but everything they come up these days seems geared more towards parting people from their cash than fixing the problems longer term.

      • Charles Lane

        Sure global warming over is over hyped you either chose to keep yourself ignorant or not; that is simply your choice. Either way times are changing and ICE day’s are numbered.

        Regarding planes yes this is also an issue much harder to keep an electric plane in the sky with no degradation to current service then it is tot tackle the “lower hanging fruit” of the automobile.

  • Sukhoi31m3

    Perhaps a subsidy on the purchase of a gas mask for Londoners makes more sense. Let the major polluting vehicles age out like always then be replaced with low to non polluting vehicles. No need to rush things….

  • Trackhacker

    They should ban loud super cars also. They are annoying….and I’m a car enthusiast lol

  • SteersUright

    I like the idea of cleaner air but London has to be careful with the execution of such a plan. This can so easily become an unfair tax on the poor while the monied class pollutes their butts off and pays the “minuscule” fines allowing them to drive their supercars where every other person can’t.