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Soon you could be charged up to £2,490 to drive your car, here's why

The new or T-Charge is being introduced into from next Monday which will mean certain drivers will have to pay a daily fee to enter the city’s Congestion Zone. 

Motorists who have cars which include Euro 4 emissions standard or lower will be subject to paying the daily £10 charge on top of the £11.50 Congestion charge zone fee. 

The T-Charge is being introduced by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, in an attempt to reduce the amount of highly-polluting cars in the Capital. 

Mr Khan has revealed that every Londoner is exposed to illegal levels of PM2.5 air pollution (particulates) and 95 per cent of the Capital’s population are exposed to levels of PM2.5 that exceed the WHO guidelines by 50 per cent or more. 

The charge will have to be payable from October 23rd and could motorists using the Congestion Charge Zone in London and have a car that doesn’t meet the emissions standards. 

Euro 4 emissions standards refer to vehicles produced before 1st January 2006. 

There are however a number of exemptions, restrictions and ways people can completely avoid the new toxin tax.

Public transport 

has great transport links which supports million of people daily including the Underground tube network, Overground, National rail and a plethora of buses. 

Prices for the tube and buses are reasonable and if you buy weekly, monthly or annual passes you’ll be quid in.



Buying a bike or using one of the ‘Boris bikes’ to commute to work in London has many benefits as it is good exercise, it saves you money on public transport.

In the city centre, the cycle network is growing with more routes and cyclist-only zones being introduced. 

If you live nearby your place of work or school, then you could also walk which is the most cost effective method of the bunch. 


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London’s car toxin tax T-Charge wil come into force on Monday October 23rd

Electric/hybrid/new car

This one is more of an investment but there has never been a better time to switch to a low-emissions vehicle than now. 

Not only are you completely exempt from car tax (zero emissions only) but the Government offers up to £4,500 off a new car. In addition to this eventually petrol and diesle cars will be phased out which could also mean they are more heavily taxed over time, so you could end up paying more to drive one. 


Blue Badge

Blue badge holders and vehicles for disabled people will be  exempt from the toxin tax. 


Other exemptions 

Motorcycles, mopeds and scooters that are exempt from the Congestion Charge are also exempt from the T-Charge. 

Taxis and private hire vehicle licensed with TfL  are exempt from paying the Congestion Charge and T-Charge. 

Black cabs are some of the dirtiest cars in Central London and the fact they get a free pass seems utterly ludicrous. 

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London’s transport links such as the Underground are a viable alternative to driving

Tom Elvidge, Uber London’s general manager said in a statement in April of this year that black cabs are a big part of the pollution problem in London. 

“Londoners will, however, be astounded that the Mayor has exempted black cabs from measures which apply to everyone else. ‘This is particularly surprising since Transport for London’s own figures show black taxis are responsible for 18% of road transport Nitrogen Oxide emissions in central London.”

Vehicles with a historic tax class (40 years and older) and/or commercial vehicles manufactured before 1973 but these vehicles continue to be subject to the Congestion Charge.

Two-wheeled motorbikes (and sidecars) and mopeds that are exempt from the Congestion Charge.

Drivers who are caught not paying the new toxin tax will be fined £130, which will be reduced to £65 if it is paid within 14 days. 

The toxin tax has to be paid if drivers are using the zone between the hours of 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday. 

Weekends, Bank Holidays and period between Christmas and New Year is also exempt from the charge.

If you’re still unsure about whether or not you’ll be affected by the new toxin tax then you can use this online tool via the TfL website here. 

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