The new 'T-charge' applies to vehicles in London that do not meet Euro 4 standards
London has today taken drastic steps to clean up its polluted air, with new rules entering into force requiring drivers of the dirtiest cars to pay an extra £10 a day to travel around the centre of the capital.
That's on top of an existing "Congestion Charge" aimed at decreasing traffic in the city.
Pre-Euro 4 vehicles are typically those registered before 2006, but Transport for London suggests that anyone who has a vehicle registered before 2008 check if it is liable for the charge.
The charge has been introduced in an effort to improve air quality in the capital, where legal pollution limits are regularly exceeded.
London will impose even tighter controls with the introduction of a "Ultra Low Emission Zone" in 2019.
"It's staggering that we live in a city where the air is so toxic that many of our children are growing up with lung problems", he said in a statement.
The mayor said: "The shameful scale of the public health crisis London faces, with thousands of premature deaths caused by air pollution, must be addressed". To mark the launch of the T-Charge a new consumer campaign on air pollution was unveiled last week, featuring everyday objects covered in soot particles.
Mr Khan said: "Since we announced the T-Charge, the amount of the most polluting vehicles coming into the heart of London has fallen by 15% so we're really seeing a change in behaviour and that's what the T-Charge is about".
But GLA Conservative Party member Shaun Bailey was critical of the T-charge, claiming the measure would not work effectively while also hurting small businesses.
"That means fewer adults suffering from asthma, strokes and dementia, but also children hopefully not having the under-developed lungs they now do".
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