London’s vehicle emission surcharge to start 23 October

London’s T-Charge will come into force from 23 October taking the daily charge for non-compliant vans and trucks travelling into the capital to £21.50.

Regular visitors into central London are likely to comply with the emissions surcharge as it is set at the same Euro-4 and above level for HGVs as London’s Low Emission Zone (LEZ) is.

However, those running vans face a step up from the LEZ’s Euro-3 requirement to Euro-4.

Unlike the LEZ, cars are included in the T-Charge and will need to be Euro-3 or above.

Non-compliant vehicles face a £10 penalty on top of the £11.50 Congestion Charge Zone fee. TfL has said the vast majority of pre-2006 vehicles will face paying the charge – around 10,000 vehicles.

The T-Charge will operate in the same area and Monday to Friday operational window as the Congestion Charge Zone.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “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.

“That is why today, on the 14th anniversary of the start of the congestion charge, I’ve confirmed we are pressing ahead with the toughest emission standard of any major city, coming to our streets from October 23rd .

“Londoners overwhelmingly support my plans to introduce this £10 charge because they feel when it comes to battling pollution the time for action is now.

“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.”

The Ultra Low Emission Zone will mean all vans and lorries will need to be Euro-6 to avoid paying a daily charge of £100 for HGVs and £12.50 for vans. The ULEZ will be in operation 24/7.

Find our if your vehicle is affected at TfL’s emissions surcharge checker.