What's the T-Charge and how to check if you need to pay

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From Digital Spy

The London T-Charge has come into force today (October 23), meaning that older, more high-polluting vehicles will have to pay much more to travel around central London.

The measure, which is officially known as the Emissions Surcharge, is aimed to help reduce pollution in the capital.

If your vehicle doesn't meet the standards, it will cost you £10, and while only applicable in the central London congestion zone, those who fall short will have to pay the money on top of the £11.50 Congestion Charge.

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But who is eligible? Well, petrol and diesel vehicles registered before 2006 will largely be subject to the charge (you can check this via your vehicle registration certificate - or V5C).

As vehicles will have to comply with the Euro IV exhaust standard, those registered before 2006 are more likely to exceed it. For more information, and to check if you need to pay, head to TfL.

However, some vehicles that are already subject to Congestion Charge discounts will also get them with the T-Charge – so there are some silver linings.

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Speaking of his new measure earlier on the Today programme, London Mayor Sadiq Khan explained: "We've got a health crisis in London caused by the poor quality air.

"Roughly speaking, each year more than 9,000 Londoners die prematurely because of the poor quality air – children in our city whose lungs are underdeveloped, with adults who suffer from conditions such as asthma, dementia and strokes directly caused by poor quality air."

One criticism levelled at the new measure is that relatively few vehicles are covered by it, so it would make little difference, while others have suggested that the measure does not go far enough to tackle pollution.

However, the Mayor said that the T-Charge was "part of a package of measures" to tackle the problem, with plans for a London Ultra-Low Emission Zone in 2020.

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