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The London Emissions Surcharge (also known as the Toxicity Charge, or T-charge) will come into effect on Monday 23rd October 2017.

It is expected to have a limited impact as it will only affect pre-Euro IV/4 vehicles (including cars). All HGVs going into any part of Greater London have had to meet the Euro IV standard (for particulates) for some time because of the London-wide Low Emission Zone (LEZ), while vans must be of at least Euro 3 standard.


The vehicle users that will feel the impact will be mainly those with vans over 11 years old and HGVs which are pre-Euro IV and fitted with a particulate filter to comply with the LEZ.


The charge of £11.50 (or £10.50 for those registered on Autopay) for non-compliant vehicles will be managed as part of the current Congestion Charge scheme. The only difference operators should see, if they have a non-compliant vehicle, is that the cost of going into the Congestion Charging zone will double. Existing Congestion Charge Autopay customers will be charged automatically from the 23rd October 2017.


Members can find out more about the Emissions Surcharge and check their vehicles’ compliance on the Transport for London website -

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