London To Introduce New Tax On Most Polluting Vehicles

London mayor, Sadie Khan, has announced the introduction of a new tax on the oldest and most polluting vehicles in order to try to improve air quality in the British capital.

To be known as the T-charge, the £10 pound daily tax will apply to diesel and petrol vehicles typically registered before 2006 which do not meet the so-called “Euro 4” 2005 European directive to regulate vehicle emissions. 

The charge will applied during the same 7am to 6pm weekday hours as the existing £11.50 congestion charge and could mean some owners paying a combined £21.50 a day to drive in central London. 

“As mayor I am determined to take urgent action to help clean up London’s lethal air. The shameful scale of the public health crisis London faces, with thousands of premature deaths caused by air pollution, must be addressed,” Khan said in a statement. 

“Today marks a major milestone in this journey with the introduction of the T-Charge to encourage motorists to ditch polluting, harmful vehicles.” 

The measures comes after Britain’s High Court ruled that UK government measures to combat air pollution were failing to comply with European Union rules on nitrogen dioxide limits. 

The new measure is part of an £875 million effort by the mayor’s office to address air pollution in London, with the introduction of an Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) planned for 2019. 

Nearly 9,500 Londoners die prematurely every year as a result of long-term exposure to air pollution, according to a 2015 study by researchers at King’s College London. 

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