London Motorists to be hit with new road toll

London Motorists to be hit with new road toll

By Jay-Anna Mobbs

London motorists will soon have to pay approximately $40 just to drive through the centre of the British capital as part of a new fee designed to reduce air pollution.

“T-Charge” is aimed at diesel and petrol cars of more than 11 years old. Owners of these vehicles will pay the extra costs on top of the existing congestion fee introduced 14 years ago, equalling a total of 20 pounds ($36) a day to enter central areas.

It is estimated approximately 34,000 drivers will be affected, who do not meet the Euro 4 Exhaust standard.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan, said the project will improve health of city residents which is far more important than the costs.

“We’ve got a health crisis in London. We’ve got a situation where the air in London is a killer and makes people sick,” Mr Khan said.

“The economic cost of the poor quality air each year in London alone is 3.7 billion pounds. That’s why you’ve got the toughest vehicle emissions standard anywhere in the world.”

Critics argue it will affect those with less health who are already faced with increased costs of living.

Rod McKenzie from Britain’s Road Haulage Association, said the toll could also severely impact business.

“It will effectively outlaw and certainly tax all older vehicles and make business more expensive,” Mr McKenzie said.

“It could even put some hauliers out of business.”

Professor Stephen Greaves from the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies at the University of Sydney, believes similar charges could be in effect in Australia.

“Fine particles and other cancer-causing toxins are more prevalent in diesel, and there’s been an awful lot of evidence both here in Australia and overseas to corroborate that,” Mr Greaves said.

“Some of our older trucks are 20 to 25 years old. Some don’t even have particular filters on them.”

“Going through residential areas often making deliveries, so they’re sitting there idling. I think we should be focusing on that local pollution issue.”

 

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