London motorists driving high polluting cars have to pay an additional £10 to drive through the capital starting today, as the Mayor of London introduces his new Toxicity Charge, or T-charge.
Sadiq Khan's new charge is added to the existing £11.50 congestion charge. This means owners of affected vehicles will have to pay £21.50 to drive through central London during enforced hours.
The extra levy has been introduced to tackle the capital's growing air pollution problem, and targets pre-Euro 4 petrol and diesel vehicles manufactured before 2005 that don't meet Euro 4 emissions standards for nitrogen oxide and particulates.
Transport for London has launched a free online vehicle checker so drivers can see if the T-charge will affect them.
The T-charge is being policed by the same network of cameras that already govern London's congestion charging zone.
Cleaning up the capital
Khan's aggressive stance to cut urban emissions has seen him also propose an extension of the planned Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) to include the North and South Circular roads - a move that would dramatically extend the zone's extremities. Under current plans, drivers entering the ULEZ will have to pay a charge depending on how clean their vehicle is from 2020, but Khan has now said he wants to bring that date forward by one year.