24 October, 2017
Drivers of the most polluting vehicles will face an extra daily charge for driving into central London on weekdays from Monday in a bid to improve air quality in one of Europe's most polluted cities. That's on top of an existing £11.50 ($15) congestion charge collected from drivers in the city center.
The new charge applies to most vehicles registered before 2006 that do not meet standards introduced in European Union countries in 2005.
The measures comes after Britain's High Court ruled that United Kingdom government measures to combat air pollution were failing to comply with European Union rules on nitrogen dioxide limits.
The university estimates that air pollution is responsible for 9,400 premature deaths in the capital every year.
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"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", he said in a statement. "The T Charge is a vital step in tackling the dirtiest diesels before I introduce the world's first Ultra Low Emission Zone as early as 2019". To mark the launch of the T-Charge a new consumer campaign on air pollution was unveiled last week, featuring everyday objects covered in soot particles.
The plans have come under criticism from conservative members of the London assembly and the federation of small businesses.
"That means fewer adults suffering from asthma, strokes and dementia, but also children hopefully not having the under-developed lungs they now do". "By boasting about a policy that so disproportionately penalises London's poorest drivers and puts jobs at risk, the Mayor is simply blowing more smoke into the capital's already-polluted atmosphere".