London's pressing ahead with plans to introduce its "Toxicity Charge" later this year, with the scheme adding an extra £10 to the cost of driving some older models of car into the city from October 23.
The extra charge impacts upon owners of cars built before 2006 (and any others that don't meet the Euro 4 standard) that want to enter the middle chunks of the city between 7:00am and 6:00pm like the current congestion charge, and it's laid on top of the existing fee too, meaning some drivers will have to pay a whopping great £21.50 for straying into the expensive bits.
There's a checker that's been put together to give some broad guidelines about what cars and vans are included, with the Mayor's office suspecting that as many as 10,000 vehicles entering the city might need to pay the fee -- enough to pay for a gas mask for every child under the age of 11.
Mayor Khan said: "Londoners overwhelmingly support my plans to introduce this £10 charge because they feel when it comes to battling pollution the time for action is now. The T-Charge is a vital step in tackling the dirtiest diesels before I introduce the world’s first Ultra Low Emission Zone as early as 2019." [GOV]