Drivers will soon have to pay £3,650 extra a year for using the Capital’s congestion charge zone due to a new toxin tax being introduced.
From 23rd October 2017 a new toxic T charge will be in affect in the London which will force drivers to pay an extra £10, on top of the congestion charge fee, for entering these zones in the capital.
The new payment, being introduced by London Mayor Sadiq Khan, could add a huge amount to the annual running cost of a car.
This charge is being introduced as another measure to potentially remove the amount of highly polluting vehicles entering the most polluted areas of the city and eventually the UK.
Car owners could face up to £3,650 on top of annual car costs due to new toxin tax
At the time he announced the toxic levy, Khan stated that it was a matter of urgency.
“In London over 9,000 Londoners die each year because of the poor quality air.
“There are children in parts of London whose lungs are under developed and there are 438 school in areas where the are is illegal.
“Inaction is no longer an option, and so i’m taking bold action now to make sure we fix the air in London.”
He also made the statement that “unless your car is clean you can’t come into central London, unless you pay an additional penalty.”
We are getting lots of enquiries from people in London looking to off load their car
The toxin tax is being trialled in the capital before a rollout across the country is considered.
A High Court ruling in November last year found that the government was not doing enough to tackle air pollution with poisonous emissions thought to contribute towards at least 40,000 premature deaths across the UK every year.
Government officials are attempting to drive all but the latest diesels out of city centres and even off the road altogether in an unprecedented effort to reduce toxic emissions.
From 23 October next month, cars, vans, minibuses, buses, coaches and heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) in central London will need to meet minimum exhaust emission standards, or pay a daily £10 Emissions fee.
Cars entering the capital’s congestion zone will have to meet the minimum Euro 4 emissions standard to be able to enter.
Euro 4 emissions standards applied to all new registrations from January 1st 2016, so if your car was registered before this date then it is likely you will be affected.
This introduction will affect the vast majority of vehicles registered before this date including some of the most popular cars in the country such as the VW Golf and Ford Fiesta.
Transport for London has released an online tool that will tell you whether or not you will be affeted by the new toxin tax.
You can check the emissions standards of your vehicle by using thi
Officials hope the move will result in a 50% drop in emissions by 2020 by implementing the changes in a targeted 35 towns and cities to impose clean air zones and charge the most polluting vehicles to enter.
The areas allegedly under scrutiny are Southampton, Nottingham, Derby, Birmingham and Leeds. Other cities that could be affected include Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Newcastle, Bristol and Leicester.
Leeds had a reported 350 deaths linked to poisonous emissions during 2016, whilst the shipping port of Southampton had 110.
The toxin tax will be enforced in London before UK rollout
Motorists entering London from October – and a busy city centre by 2020 – every day of the week will now have to pay £3,650 pounds per year on top of escalating everyday bills.
It leads to another blow to city centre footfalls who are already fighting increased rates and the online traffic of the retail world.
In August this year, sales of diesel cars fell by 20.3 per cent reflecting the fleeting reputation of these cars.
Figures given by leading comparison site scrapcarcomparison.co.uk estimate 1.8 million vehicles are scrapped each year, with drivers going against rising costs of a diesel engine.
A spokesperson for scrapcarcomparison.co.uk said: “We are getting lots of enquiries from people in London looking to off load their car.
“It’s becoming too expensive for many to drive whilst living or working in the capital.
“And that combined with a great tube facility, it’s making sense for many to ditch their cars.”
Most major car manufacturers have revealed details for scrappage schemes to get the most polluting cars in the UK off the road.
Drivers can bag up to £10,000 in discounts of a new low emissions by trading in their older more polluting car.
Here is a list of manufacturers offering a scrappage scheme:
Check out the links below to find out more details about the individual scrappage schemes: