Figures released by the World Health Organisation finding that 44 out of 51 British towns and cities had failed its tests for fine sooty particles smaller than 2.5 microns. This comes as the Mayor of London and Transport for London implement the new T-Charge applicable to older vehicles driving in central London.
As air-quality deteriorates, vehicles are now the targets of environmental policy across Europe. The Netherlands confirmed a ban on all cars which produce emissions by 2030 and France looks to ban the production of combustion engine vehicles and implemented the emission sticker requirement across several major cities.
London joins the rest of Europe in taking action with the implementation of the T-Charge and the aim of banning high-emission vehicles (although by a later date than the other Member States). The T-Charge is applied to old vehicles which produce high and more dangerous levels of toxic emissions at a steep £10 per day, and this is in addition to the £11.50 Congestion Charge. However, motorcyclists and moped users escape the new charge.
However, this is not the end of vehicle charges for central London motorists. There is a proposed Ultra Low Emission Zone standard, which will operate within the congestion zone and apply to all motor vehicles whose exhaust emissions aren’t within a set European standard. If motorists have a vehicle which does not meet the standards they will have to pay an additional charge or retrofit their vehicle with emissions reduction technology to become compliant. This ULEZ requirement and charge will be introduced on the 8th April 2019.
To check your vehicle for the ULEZ: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/ultra-low-emission-zone?intcmp=26434#on-this-page-0
To check your vehicle for the T-Charge: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/emissions-surcharge/emissions-surcharge-checker