London’s T-Charge

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Today (Monday 23rd October 2017) is the day that London’s toxic charge comes into effect.

What is the T-Charge?

The T-charge, which is applied to all vehicles that do not meet Euro 4 emissions standard as well as quadricycles and motor tricycles that do not meet the Euro 3 Standard will be required to pay £10.00 per day to travel in central London.

The charge operates in the same area and at the same time as the existing London Congestion Charge, taking the total daily payment to £21.50.

London Mayor, Sadiq Kahn said that the charge has been brought in to tackle the pollution levels in Central London.

He said, “each year, more than 9,000 people die prematurely because of the poor air quality.”

Despite the additional charge, some do not believe it is enough to tackle the problem with many saying that more still needs to be done.

As the T-charge is only for certain, mainly pre-2006 vehicles, some people believe that it is going to be the poorest paying the most to travel in central London. People also believe that it will not take enough, high polluting vehicles off the road.

Our view

At Greenways, we believe the best option for not only London but other major cities in the UK is to invest in the infrastructure for electric vehicles – putting a charge or a ban on older vehicles alone will not fix the problem.

London is the perfect location for electric vehicles – we hope that more time and money will be invested in the infrastructure making electric vehicles more accessible to more people living in our cities.

The government will continue to offer the plug-in car grant, currently up to March 2018 which provides prospective buyers of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid vehicles with up to 35% of the cost of the vehicle (up to £4,500) depending on the model.

Since the grant was introduced in 2011, the UK has seen a dramatic rise in the uptake of electric vehicles. Whilst the T-Charge will not please some, it is likely to increase this uptake even further.

For more information on the insurance for electric vehicles, or if you would like a quote, please call us on 01952 822919 or email enquiries@greenwaysinsurance.co.uk

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