On the 23 October 2017 Transport for London (TfL) is introducing the Toxicity Charge (T-Charge) to central London’s Congestion Charge Zone. The T-Charge is the latest initiative by TfL aimed at reducing the level of vehicle emissions in central London. Motorists driving through central London could be charged nearly twice the current daily rate, so be sure to check whether the charge applies to you.
What is the T-Charge?
The T-Charge is a fixed daily charge of £10 per vehicle payable if the vehicle does not meet the minimum European emissions standards. The current minimum emissions standard is Euro 4/IV for both petrol and diesel vehicles and Euro 3 for motorised tricycles and quadricycles.
The charge is payable in addition to the general Congestion Charge, meaning that affected motorists could be pay up to £21.50 per day when driving through central London. A table of potential charges can be found here.
When will the T-Charge apply?
The T-Charge will apply in central London and will operate during the same hours and cover the same area as the current Congestion Charge. The hours of operation of the Congestion Charge are currently 07.00-18.00 Monday to Friday. Bank Holidays and the period between Christmas Day and New Year's Day are excluded.
The charge will apply to all cars, vans, minibuses, buses, coaches and HGVs, motorised caravans and horseboxes, breakdown and recovery vehicles, private ambulances, motor hearses, dual purpose vehicles and any other vehicle types that do not adhere to the minimum emission standards. Motorised tricycles and quadricycles that are subject to the Congestion Charge are also subject to the T-Charge.
What to do if your car does not meet the minimum emissions standard
If your vehicle does not meet the minimum standard emissions then the T-Charge will apply, therefore if you want to avoid the charge you might consider:
- Avoiding the Congestion Charge zone;
- Checking whether an exemption or discount applies;
- Using public transport;
- Upgrading your vehicle so that it complies with the emissions standard;
- Joining a car club
Penalty for non-payment
If the T-Charge is due and you do not pay, TfL will issue a Penalty Charge Notice of £135 (reduced to £65 if paid within 14 days), which will be payable by the registered keeper or operator of the vehicle.
Exemptions and discounts
As with the Congestion Charge, there are a number of discounts and exemptions which may apply, for example taxis and private hire vehicles which are licensed with TfL will be exempt, and residents of central London may apply for a 90% discount. You are advised to check whether you may be eligible for an exemption or discount here.
Our transport team represents Operators and drivers throughout the country. For advice please call our MK, Cambridge, Bedford or Sandy offices.