London begins levying 'T-charge' for older, more polluting vehicles
00:17, Oct 24, 2017
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The T-Charge will apply to those cars which do not meet Euro IV emission standards, and will operate during the same times as the existing congestion charge - Monday to Friday between 7am and 6pm. UCL's Day nursery in Bloomsbury is one of 27 nurseries in the capita in areas that fall foul of legal air quality limits.
According to a 2015 study by researchers at the King's College London, almost 9,500 Londoners die prematurely every year as a result of long-term exposure to air pollution.
"We urgently need a programme of meaningful financial assistance to help drivers of the dirtiest vehicles switch to something cleaner, and bold policies to cut traffic over all", Friends of the Earth pollution campaigner Jenny Bates said.
Charges for driving the oldest, most-polluting vehicles into central London have nearly doubled after a £10 toxicity charge, or T-Charge, came into force.
Owners of the most-polluting cars will now have to pay £21.50 to enter central London as the city's new "T-Charge" comes into force today.
"City Hall says as many as 34,000 vehicles will be affected, but plans have already been set to replace the T-Charge with an Ultra Low Emission Zone from 2019, which is expected to affect thousands more".
"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", he said in a statement.
The total daily levy can be reduced by £1 if drivers register to pay the congestion charge automatically. "It's costing us. So the T-charge will cost us money but I think that's a price worth paying to improve the quality of our air". He added that the ultra-low emission zone, once introduced, would make money that would then be ring-fenced for clean air initiatives.
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