London's new £10 T-Charge launches today

T-Charge enters into force in bid to choke off London air pollution at its source

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.

The fee mirrors the Congestion Charge by applying only to the central London zone and cars operating weekdays between 7am and 6pm.

The T-Charge is an additional cost, taking the total to £21.50.

Drivers of gas- or diesel-powered vehicles that do not meet the Euro 4/IV emission standards will have to pay $13.20 per day to drive in central London during daylight hours.

As for the run-up to the fee being implemented, Khan says: "I will continue to do everything in my power to help protect the health of Londoners and clean our filthy air".

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Green groups today welcomed the introduction of the T-Charge, but some warned more support is needed to encourage drivers to switch to cleaner vehicles. London now has the world's toughest emission standard.

Khan said such polluting vehicles have made around 2.6 million trips within the London charging zone since January 2017. The new charge is based on estimates that diesel vehicles account for 40% of all air pollution in the city and add to pollution-related health issues for Londoners. The T-charge is a stepping stone to the ultra-low emission zone, which could be introduced as early as 2019. "Recent health data has shown 7.9 million Londoners - almost 95 percent of the population - live in areas exceeding the World Health Organization guidelines on toxic air quality particles", he said.

Spokesman Simon Birkett said: "The Mayor pledged to restore London's air quality to legal and safe limits and that means he has to do a whole lot more".

The T-Charge is the first of a series of new rates being introduced in London.

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