London drivers face £21.50 daily charge for most toxic vehicles

Motorists with pre-2006 diesel or petrol vehicles will be forced to pay £10 a day to drive in London

The £10 "T-charge" - or toxicity charge - is aimed to reduce air pollution and means owners of vehicles registered before 2006 must pay £21.50 to drive into central London, or face a £130 fine.

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.

The Mayor's office said that forecasts of the reduction of Nitrogen Dioxide and similar gases would be as low as 1-3 per cent by the T-charge.

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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The move is a part of broader anti-pollution strategy championed by mayor Sadiq Khan, who has made tackling dirty air one of his top priorities.

Sue Terpilowski, a spokesperson for the Federation of Small Businesses, told the news site: "The introduction of the T-Charge comes at a time when small and micro-businesses in London are already facing astonishingly high property, employment and logistics costs".

The plans have come under criticism from conservative members of the London assembly and the federation of small businesses. Since 1st January 2017 these polluting vehicles have made around 2.6 million trips within the zone, contributing to London's toxic air.

The T-charge is a stepping stone to the ultra-low emission zone, which could be introduced as early as 2019. Black cab drivers are eligible for financial assistance to switch to less polluting vehicles.

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