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T-Charge

From 23 October 2017, cars, vans, minibuses, buses, coaches and heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) in central London will need to meet minimum exhaust emission standards, or pay a daily £10 Emissions Surcharge (also known as the Toxicity Charge, or T-Charge). This will be in addition to the Congestion Charge.

The minimum emissions standards are Euro 4/IV for both petrol and diesel vehicles and Euro 3 for motorised tricycles and quadricycles.
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Air pollution is one of the most a significant challenges facing London. The T-Charge seeks to significantly help improve air quality in London, in particular with regard to nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulate matter, both of which have an adverse effect on human health.

There are a number of schemes planned that address this, including the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), new licensing requirements to reduce emissions from taxis and private hire vehicles and improvements to our bus fleet.

The implementation of the Emissions Surcharge (more commonly known as the 'T-Charge') aims to discourage the use of older, more polluting vehicles driving into and within central London. It is the first step towards the introduction of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), when tighter vehicle emissions standards will be required.

By using this link you can check if your vehicle(s) is / are affected, your options if your vehicle(s) do not meet the emission standards, look at the payment options from 23rd October 2017 as well as seeing the exemptions and discounts and far more besides.

Location

The T-Charge will operate in central London, and applies to the same area as the Congestion Charge. Find out more about the Congestion Charge and where it operates.

Hours of operation

Monday - Friday, 07:00 - 18:00

  • Excludes Bank Holidays and between Christmas Day and New Year's Day inclusive

 

Vehicles included

Cars, vans, minibuses, buses, coaches and HGVs, motorised caravans and horseboxes, breakdown and recovery vehicles, private ambulances, motor hearses, dual purpose vehicles and other specialist vehicle types that do not meet the minimum Euro emission standards are subject to the T-Charge.

Motorised tricycles and quadricycles that are subject to the Congestion Charge are also affected. Motorcycles are not subject to the T-Charge.

9+ seater vehicles that are currently registered for a discount or are exempt from paying the charge will need to meet the required emissions standards or pay the T-Charge.

Taxis and private hire vehicles that are not actively licensed with TfL have to pay both the Congestion Charge and also the T-Charge if they do not meet the required emission standards.

Emissions standards

The minimum emissions standards are Euro 4/IV for both petrol and diesel vehicles and Euro 3 for motorised tricycles and quadricycles.

 Check if your vehicle is affected

Check if your vehicle meets the required emissions standards using our vehicle compliance checker.

Daily cost

The table below will help you identify how much you will need to pay if your vehicle doesn't meet the standards and you wish to continue to use your vehicle in central London. You can also check your other options if you don't want to pay the T-Charge.

Vehicle type (includes hybrid vehicles)  Minimum emission standard  Congestion Charge amount T-Charge amount (if emission standard not met) Total daily payment (if emission standard not met)
Motorised tricycles and quadricycles Euro 3 £11.50
(£10.50 Auto Pay)
£10 £21.50
(£20.50 Auto Pay)
Cars, and small vans (not exceeding 1,205kg unladen weight and not exceeding 3500kg GVW) Euro 4 £11.50
(£10.50 Auto Pay)
£10 £21.50
(£20.50 Auto Pay)
Vans (exceeding 1,205kg unladen and not exceeding 3,500kg GVW) and Minibuses (not exceeding 5,000kg GVW)* Euro 4 £11.50
(£10.50 Auto Pay)
£10 £21.50
(£20.50 Auto Pay)
HGVs (exceeding 3,500kg GVW) Euro IV £11.50
(£10.50 Auto Pay)
£10 £21.50
(£20.50 Auto Pay)
Coaches and buses (exceeding 5,000kg GVW) Euro IV £0** £10 £10
Vehicles registered for Residents' Discount As above depending on your vehicle type £1.05 (Auto Pay) £1 £2.05 (Auto Pay)

* Includes motorised caravans, motorised horse boxes, breakdown and recovery vehicles, private ambulances, motor hearses, dual purpose vehicles and other specialist types fitting the weight criteria

** Vehicles with nine or more seats are eligible for a 100% discount from the Congestion Charge

Identifying your Euro emission standard

Your vehicle registration document (also known as the V5C) will help identify your vehicle's Euro emission standard. This can usually be determined by the date it was first registered with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, which is in section B of the document. If you do not have this, you can check the date by visiting Gov.uk's vehicle enquiry service.

For newer vehicles, the Euro emission standard may be listed on the V5C in section D.2.


Options if emission standard not met

If your vehicle does not meet the required emission standard you can:

Payment options from 23 October 2017

The T-Charge will use the same payment and operational systems as the Congestion Charge. From 23 October 2017 we will identify whether a vehicle is subject to the T-Charge and the driver will pay for both the Congestion Charge and the T-Charge (if applicable) in the same transaction.

Existing Congestion Charge Autopay customers will be automatically charged from 23 October 2017.

Penalty for non-payment

If you do not pay the daily charge, a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) will be issued payable by the registered keeper or operator. This will be £130 (reduced to £65 if paid within 14 days).

Parked vehicles

Vehicles that are parked all day, in an on-street parking bay and displaying a valid resident's parking permit, will not be charged for that day.

Exemptions

Motorcycles, mopeds and scooters that are exempt from the Congestion Charge are also exempt from the T-Charge.

Taxis and private hire vehicles (PHVs) are exempt from paying the Congestion Charge and the T-Charge when actively licensed with TfL. The exemption for PHVs only applies to private hire bookings.

Other exemptions include:

  • Vehicles with a historic tax class (40 years and older) and/or commercial vehicles manufactured before 1973. These vehicles continue to be subject to the Congestion Charge
  • Two-wheeled motorbikes (and sidecars) and mopeds that are exempt from the Congestion Charge
  • Emergency service vehicles, such as ambulances and fire engines, which have a taxation class of 'ambulance' or 'fire engine' on the date of travel
  • NHS vehicles exempt from vehicle excise duty, and Ministry of Defence vehicles
  • Roadside recovery vehicles and accredited breakdown vehicles registered for a 100% discount from the Congestion Charge
  • Specialist off-road vehicles such as tractors and mobile cranes (that are exempt from Low Emission Zone)

Discounts

Residents' Discount

Residents with vehicles that do not meet the emissions standards and are registered for the Congestion Charge Residents' Discount will automatically be registered for a 90% discount on the T-Charge.

Residents with a vehicle that does not meet the required emissions standards who pay via Congestion Charge Auto Pay will pay £2.05 per day (£1 T-Charge plus £1.05 Congestion Charge) to drive in the Congestion Charging Zone in charging hours.

The T-Charge will continue exclusively for residents at the discounted rate (90%) until the expiry of their sunset period for the ULEZ.

Blue Badge holders and vehicles for disabled people

Blue Badge holders will be eligible for a 100% discount on the T-Charge. Blue Badge holders registered for the 100% Congestion Charge discount will be automatically registered for the T-Charge discount. You can claim up to two discounted vehicles per day.

Vehicles used by disabled people that have a 'disabled' taxation class, such as Dial-a-Ride and modified vehicles are not subject to the T-Charge.

Other 100% discounts

The following also receive 100% discounts from the T-Charge:

  • Specially constructed or modified Showmans Vehicles that are registered for the 100% discount from the Low Emission Zone. These vehicles still need to pay the Congestion Charge
  • Motor tricycles that are one metre or less wide, and two metres or less long and are registered for the 100% discount from the Congestion Charge

Duration 

The T-Charge will end when the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is implemented.

Residents' Discount holders will continue to be subject to the T-Charge throughout the 'sunset period' following the introduction of ULEZ when they are eligible for a 100% discount from ULEZ.

Low Emission Zone

Some vehicles (excluding cars and motorbikes) currently need to meet the Low Emission Zone (LEZ) standards to drive within Greater London without paying a daily charge.

The T-Charge standards are tighter than the LEZ standards, meaning that even if your vehicle meets the LEZ standards you will need to check if your vehicle meets the T-Charge standards or pay the T-Charge from 23 October 2017.

Please note that there will be even tighter emissions standards coming into operation with the Ultra Low Emission Zone.

Reasons for the T-Charge

Air pollution is one of the most a significant challenges facing London. The T-Charge seeks to significantly help improve air quality in London, in particular with regard to nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulate matter, both of which have an adverse effect on human health.

We already have a number of schemes planned that address this, including the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), new licensing requirements to reduce emissions from taxis and private hire vehicles and improvements to our bus fleet. However, more needs to be done to ensure that we continue to tackle pollution effectively and address public health concerns as London's economy and population grows.

The implementation of the Emissions Surcharge (more commonly known as the 'T-Charge') aims to discourage the use of older, more polluting vehicles driving into and within central London. It is the first step towards the introduction of the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), when tighter vehicle emissions standards will be required.

We will be consulting on potential changes to the Ultra Low Emission Zone during 2017. Find out more about proposed changes to the ULEZ.