London Making Diesels More Expensive With New Levy

T-Charge set to roll out in London on Monday

Drivers of the most polluting vehicles must from now on pay a daily charge of up to £21.50 to drive in to central London.

That's on top of an existing "Congestion Charge" aimed at decreasing traffic in the city.

The new charge applies to most vehicles registered before 2006 that do not meet standards introduced in European Union countries in 2005.

About 438 schools in London are in areas exceeding legal air quality levels, according to the London mayor's office.

"As mayor I am determined to take urgent action to help clean up London's lethal air. This is the time to stand up and join the battle to clear the toxic air we are forced to breathe". 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.

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Mr Khan said: "Since we announced the T-Charge, the amount of the most polluting vehicles coming into the heart of London has fallen by 15% so we're really seeing a change in behaviour and that's what the T-Charge is about".

Under a new "T charge" system, which comes into force today, some 6,500 cars are expected to drive into the capital and pay the fine each weekday.

A report last week found that pollution is killing 50,000 people in the United Kingdom each year, with the chief executive of the British Lung Foundation saying air pollution is reaching "crisis point worldwide". Children are particularly at risk due to their developing lungs.

The measure in London is a step toward creating an "ultra low emission zone" in London in 2020.

"Sadiq Khan tells us he is desperate to clean up London's harmful emissions but this road tax won't make a dent", said Bailey.

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