Owners of diesel and petrol vehicles manufactured before 2005 that do not meet Euro 4 emissions standards for nitrogen oxide (NO2) and particulates will be required to pay an extra ‘T-Charge‘ £10 fee to enter central London from 23 October 2017.
This could affect around 10,000 vehicles per day.
A free online vehicle checker on the Transport for London website has been launched to allow drivers to check whether their vehicle will be affected:
City Hall said its research showed people living in London’s most deprived communities, often by busy roads, are on average exposed to 25% higher levels of harmful NO2 pollution.
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.”
“The T-Charge is a vital step in tackling the dirtiest diesels” he added.
Scientists estimate the death toll from toxic air in London is up to 9,400-a-year.