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Could London's T-Charge be the end for toxic fumes?

Could London's T-Charge be the end for toxic fumes?

These are typically vehicles registered before 2006, but Transport for London suggests anyone who has a vehicle registered before 2008 should check to see if it is eligible for the charge. That charge is in effect in the same zones at the same time as the T Charge, though it applies to almost all vehicles and costs £11.50 pounds per day ($15).

As for the run-up to the fee being implemented, Khan says: "I will continue to do everything in my power to help protect the health of Londoners and clean our filthy air". That's on top of an existing £11.50 ($15) congestion charge collected from drivers in the city center.

More than 150,000 diesel auto drivers face paying up to £24 a day for even the shortest journeys under plans by the mayor of London to tackle air pollution.

"Today marks a major milestone in this journey with the introduction of the T-Charge to encourage motorists to ditch polluting, harmful vehicles".

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But the T-charge was just the first part of the scheme.

"By boasting about a policy that so disproportionately penalises London's poorest drivers and puts jobs at risk, the mayor is simply blowing more smoke into the capital's already-polluted atmosphere". Effectively, owners of the most polluting cars will pay about £21.50 or $28 per day to drive in central London.

It is due to be replaced by a stricter Ultra-Low Emission Zone in 2020, although Mr Khan is consulting on bringing this forward to 2019. "There are children in London whose lungs are underdeveloped".

London's tax on its oldest polluting vehicles comes out in full force Monday in a move to improve air quality.