London introduces charge on most polluting vehicles

Motorists with pre-2006 diesel or petrol vehicles will be forced to pay £10 a day to drive in London

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.

The new charge will be applied during 7am to 6pm weekday hours and comes on top of the existing congestion charge of 11.50 pounds, which has been in place since 2003.

He said he is taking "urgent action to help clean up London's lethal air".

"City Hall says as many as 34,000 vehicles will be affected, but plans have already been set to replace the T-Charge with an Ultra Low Emission Zone from 2019, which is expected to affect thousands more".

Speaking to Sky News, Khan said: "We don't make a profit from the T-charge - it's costing us".

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

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".

Shaun Bailey, conservative environment spokesman at the London Assembly, told BBC News: "As an asthmatic I'm well aware of how critical an issue this is for London but we need policies that actually deliver progress".

The measure in London is a step toward creating an "ultra low emission zone" in London in 2020. Children are particularly at risk due to their developing lungs. Since 1st January 2017 these polluting vehicles have made around 2.6 million trips within the zone, contributing to London's toxic air.

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