London's Banger Tax Arrives Tomorrow

By David Bash on at

Today marks the last day you can drive your old car around London without handing over another tenner to Sadiq Khan.

The Toxicity Charge, T-charge for short, will officially be introduced tomorrow. The charge will be in operation between Monday-Friday, 7am-6pm, much like it's slightly more expensive cousin, the Congestion Charge.

Part of Khan's £875m plan to reduce air pollution in London, the T-charge affects the oldest, most polluting vehicles that fail to meet the "Euro 4" standards. Namely, diesel and petrol cars, vans and minibuses that were registered before 2006. TFL has provided a handy tool for checking if your beloved rust bucket will be subject to the charge, which you can check out here.

The T-charge is £10 a day and is charged in addition to the Congestion Charge in liable zones, which in itself costs £11.50 a day. Funnily enough, the Congestion Charge covers areas that cross-over with the "charging zone", so if you're liable for the T-charge as well you could be looking at paying a cool £21.50 to go for a relaxing drive around London, as one does.

And if you don't feel like paying your Banger tax? Well, If you're caught you'll be facing a penalty charge notice of £130. What's that? The reason you drive an old car is because you're financially strained and can't afford to pay more tax per day, let alone a £130 fine? Maybe you should have thought about that before you decided to be poor.

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