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24 October 2017, 12:17 | Nichole Osborne
Sadiq Khan hopes the charge will cut pollution in London
That's on top of an existing "Congestion Charge" aimed at decreasing traffic in the city.
The new "T-charge" applies to both diesel and gasoline vehicles that do not meet the Euro 4 emission standards outlined by the European Commission.
London surpassed the European Union's annual limit for nitrogen dioxide exposure just five days into 2017, according to King's College. "The shameful scale of the public health crisis London faces, with thousands of premature deaths caused by air pollution, must be addressed", he said. "This is the time to stand up and join the battle to clear the toxic air we are forced to breathe".
Speaking to Sky News yesterday morning, Khan said the T-charge would cost about £7mn a year, which he said was a "price worth paying".
Green groups today welcomed the introduction of the T-Charge, but some warned more support is needed to encourage drivers to switch to cleaner vehicles.
A report last week found that pollution is killing 50,000 people in the United Kingdom each year, with the chief executive of the British Lung Foundation saying air pollution is reaching "crisis point worldwide".
The plans have come under criticism from conservative members of the London assembly and the federation of small businesses.
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. "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". "There are children in London whose lungs are underdeveloped".
"Sadiq Khan tells us he is desperate to clean up London's harmful emissions but this road tax won't make a dent", said Bailey.
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