William Eichler 23 October 2017

Mayor of London introduces £10 T-Charge to tackle air pollution

Mayor of London introduces £10 T-Charge to tackle air pollution image

London’s £10 T-Charge for drivers of the most polluting cars starts today to help clean up the lethal levels of air pollution afflicting the capital.

Motorists will pay a total of £21.50 per weekday to drive a pre-Euro 4 vehicle into central London. This charge is made up of the £10 Toxicity Charge (T-Charge) plus the £11.50 Congestion Charge (C-Charge).

Pre-Euro 4 vehicles are those registered before 2006 that are approximately over 12 years old, but Transport for London (TfL) advises anyone who has a car registered before 2008 to check if their vehicle is eligible for the charge.

It is estimated that up to 34,000 polluting vehicles every month could be liable for the T-Charge, which affects those that do not meet the Euro 4 standards for both PM and NOx emissions.

Filthy air is causing a public health crisis in the capital. Recent health data has shown 7.9 million Londoners — nearly 95% of the population – live in areas exceeding World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines on toxic air quality particles known as PM2.5.

PM2.5 causes 29,000 premature deaths in the UK every year.

Statistics from the British Heart Foundation reveal 81% of Londoners believe the current air pollution levels are putting their health at risk and over a third are put off running (37%) or cycling (38%) in the city because of the deadly air.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has launched the T-Charge in part to prepare Londoners for the early introduction of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone, which he is proposing to introduce as early as April 2019.

‘As Mayor I am determined to take urgent action to help clean up London’s lethal air,’ said Mayor Khan.

‘The shameful scale of the public health crisis London faces, with thousands of premature deaths caused by air pollution, must be addressed.’

‘This is the time to stand up and join the battle to clear the toxic air we are forced to breathe,’ the Mayor continued.

‘I am transforming our bus fleet, getting rid of the oldest polluting taxis and creating healthier streets that will leave a lasting legacy for our children.

‘But I can’t do this alone. I urgently need government to step up and face their responsibilities by delivering a diesel scrappage fund and a Cleaner Air Act that is fit for purpose.  

‘I also need Londoners to work with me so we can phase out the use of the dirtiest polluting vehicles from our roads.’

A perfect storm for care homes image

A perfect storm for care homes

Iain MacBeath, strategic director, health and wellbeing at Bradford City Council, looks at the challenges facing the adult social care sector.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Procurement Apprentice

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council
£20,180 per annum
You will learn about systems and requirements needed to support an effective procurement service, as well as working as an analyst on... Kensington and Chelsea, London (Greater)
Recuriter: The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council

Senior Applications Analyst / Developer x 2

Essex County Council
£39168.0 - £48596 per annum
Technology Services (TS) deliver a wide range of business applications that are essential to the provision of services throughout the council. The App England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Lead Property Data Officer

Camden London Borough Council
£33,122 - £38,423
We’re looking for somoene who will have a good understanding of the current legislation and other requirements in a local authority setting... Camden, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Camden London Borough Council

Category and Contract Manager - Essex Housing

Essex County Council
£44000 - £48000 per annum + + Flexible Working & Local Gov Pension
Essex Housing is ECC's in-house development arm which has been in place since 2016 and looks to identify and bring forward surplus land in order to he England, Essex, Chelmsford
Recuriter: Essex County Council

Contracts and Strategy Manager

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£42684 - £45585 per annum
The Directorate of Communities & Environment prides itself on the service it provides to the residents of Royal Greenwich. We are looking to recruit s England, London, Greenwich
Recuriter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue