What You Need To Know About The T-Charge – IN FORCE FROM 23/10/17
The quality of London’s air is very poor and is dangerously polluted. The T-Charge (also known as V5C), has been put into force to help improve air quality, which currently exceeds the World Health Organisation’s limit for PM2.5 particles, in particular with regards to Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2), and particulate matter, both of which have an effect on human health.
Each year thousands of people living in the capital die prematurely as a direct consequence of long-term exposure to air pollution. The Mayor Of London, Sadiq Khan, has declared London’s air quality to be a “public health crisis” saying: “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….Londoners overwhelming support my plans to introduce this £10 charge….I will continue to do everything in my power to help protect the health of Londoners and clean our filthy air.”
The new charge costing £10, operating between the hours of 7.00am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday, on top of the £11.50 congestion charge will affect 10,000 motorists each day who drive petrol and diesel vehicles generally built before 2006. Emergency vehicles, taxis and mini-cabs registered with Tfl and recovery vehicles are exempt from the charge. Also, residents living within the charge zone, and blue badge holders are entitled to a discount. The charge will also be excluded on Bank Holidays, and the period between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
In order to see if your vehicle is subject to the T-Charge your registration document (also known as the V5C) will help identify your vehicle’s Euro emission standard. You’ll need to know when your vehicle was first registered with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, which is in section B of the document. If you do not have this, you can check the date by visiting Gov.uk’s vehicle enquiry service.
For newer vehicles, the Euro emission standard may be listed on the V5C in section D.2.
Vehicles subject to the T-Charge include:
- Coaches and HGVs
- Motorised Caravans and Horseboxes
- Breakdown and Recovery Vehicles
- Private Ambulances
- Motor Hearses
- Dual Purpose VehiclesOther specialist vehicle types include Motorised Tricycles and Quadricycles that are subject to the Congestion Charge,and 9+ seater vehicles.Motorcycles are not subject to the T-Charge.
Alternatively, you can upgrade your vehicle, walk, cycle, use public transport, or join a car club to reach your destination. In the case of upgrading your vehicle, you’ll need to check the Ultra Low Emission Standards.
For more information visit: https://tfl.gov.uk/modes/driving/emissions-surcharge