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Published on April 8th, 2019 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez

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Diesels to pay more to enter London starting today

Clean Air London Starts Monday, Today

London is the firstcity in the world that wants to clean up its diesel smog and they have justimplemented a new law, starting midnight 8th of April 2019, Monday,today.

With 40% of London’sair pollution coming from diesel vehicles, air quality in inner London hasfallen to low health levels in recent years and thousands of Londoners aredying and falling ill each year due to this toxic air quality. Research showsnearly 9,500 deaths each year in London.

This is what you will see at every junction entering London starting today

The start of the solution is this. Introducing a T-Charge where older more polluting diesel vehicles will be charged extra to enter central London. Pre-Euro 6 diesel vehicles and others, up to and including 3.5 tonnes, will be required to pay £12.50 per day (24/7), on top of the £11.50 congestion charge (7am to 6pm Monday to Friday), to enter the Central London Congestion Charging Zone from Monday 8 April 2019.  Lorries (over 3.5 tonnes) and buses/coaches (over 5 tonnes) will have to pay £100. 

The ULEZ replaces the T-Charge which has used a Euro 4 standard for diesel and petrol cars. It is in addition to the Low Emission Zone charge or ban (24/7). 

The ULEZ targetsdiesel vehicles which are responsible for some 95% of emissions of oxides ofnitrogen (NOx) from road transport exhaust in Central London.  NOx emissions are the main source of nitrogendioxide (NO2), a toxic gas, which is subject to World Health Organisation (WHO)guidelines to protect public health.

London is pushingfor ALL taxis to be electric and there have been no more diesel taxi licensesissued since 2018.

London has stopped buyingdiesel buses since 2018.

The City of Londonhas measured vehicles coming into the city and they have found that 60% ofjourneys are for shopping, leisure or personal business which could have been doneusing public transport.

It starts today and the price is high for old diesel vehicles

Here below are the charges for driving in London startingtoday, April 8th 2019.

Cars andsmall vans

Cars,and small vans (not exceeding 1,205kg unladen weight).

  Congestion Charge Ultra Low Emission Zone
Area Congestion Charge zone (central London) Congestion Charge zone (central London)
Time Mon-Fri, 07:00-18:00 At all times
Daily charges £11.50 (£10.50 Auto Pay) £12.50 if Euro 4 petrol or Euro 6 diesel standards not met

Motorcycles

  Ultra Low Emission Zone
Area  Congestion Charge zone (central London)
Time At all times
Daily charge £12.50 if Euro 3 standard not met

Motortricycles and quadricycles

  Congestion Charge  Ultra Low Emission Zone
Area Congestion Charge zone (central London) Congestion Charge zone (central London)
Time Mon-Fri, 07:00-18:00 At all times
Daily charges £11.50 (£10.50 Auto Pay) £12.50 if Euro 3 standard not met

Larger vans,minibuses & specialist vehicles

Vans(exceeding 1,205kg unladen and not exceeding 3,500kg GVW) and Minibuses(passenger vehicles with more than eight seats, plus the driver’s seat, notexceeding 5,000kg GVW).

  Congestion Charge Ultra Low Emission Zone Low Emission Zone
Area Congestion Charge zone (central London) Congestion Charge zone (central London) Low Emission Zone (most of Greater London)
Time Mon-Fri, 07:00-18:00 At all times At all times
Daily charges £11.50 (£10.50 Auto Pay) if not registered for 100% discount for vehicles with 9+ seats £12.50 if Euro 4 petrol or Euro 6 diesel standard not met £100 if Euro 3 diesel standard not met

Buses &coaches

Appliesto passenger vehicles with more than eight seats, plus the driver’s seat,exceeding 5,000 kg GVW.

  Congestion Charge Ultra Low Emission Zone Low Emission Zone
Area Congestion Charge zone (central London) Congestion Charge zone (central London) Low Emission Zone (most of Greater London)
Time Mon-Fri, 07:00-18:00 At all times At all times
Daily charges £11.50 (£10.50 Auto Pay) if not exempt via tax class bus, reduced pollution bus, or registered for 100% discount for vehicles with 9+ seats £100 if Euro VI standard not met £200 if Euro IV diesel standard not met

Heavy goodsvehicles & specialist heavy vehicles

Appliesto HGVs and specialist heavy vehicles over 3,500kg gross vehicle GVW, such as:lorries, motorised horse boxes, breakdown & recovery vehicles, snowploughs, gritters, refuse collection vehicles, road sweepers, concrete mixers,fire engines, tippers and removals lorries.

  Congestion Charge Ultra Low Emission Zone Low Emission Zone
Area Congestion Charge zone (central London) Congestion Charge zone (central London) Low Emission Zone (most of Greater London)
Time Mon-Fri, 07:00-18:00 At all times At all times
Daily charges £11.50 (£10.50 Auto Pay) £100 if Euro VI standard not met £200 if Euro IV diesel standard not met


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