Clas­sic cars set to win ex­emp­tion from new Lon­don T-charge

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A sec­ond round of con­sul­ta­tion has sug­gested that his­toric ve­hi­cles may win ex­emp­tion from Lon­don Mayor, Sadiq Khan’s pro­posed Emis­sions Sur­charge or ’T-charge’ next year.

The lat­est stage of the con­sul­ta­tion has pro­posed adopt­ing the same dis­counts and ex­emp­tions as cur­rently ap­ply to the Con­ges­tion Charge, which would see his­toric ve­hi­cles — those 40 years and older — spared from the £10 levy. Res­i­dents liv­ing within the charg­ing zone or in a des­ig­nated area next to the zone would be granted a 90 per cent dis­count, as well as a three-year ‘sun­set pe­riod’ with a 100 per cent dis­count.

TheT-charge will op­er­ate within the area of the cur­rent Con­ges­tion Charge Zone and will af­fect pre-Euro 4-stan­dard petrol and diesel ve­hi­cles — mainly those built be­fore 2005. Non-com­pli­ant ve­hi­cles will be charged £10 in ad­di­tion to the ex­ist­ing £11.50 Con­ges­tion Charge, lead­ing to af­fected own­ers be­ing billed £21.50 to drive through the cap­i­tal be­tween the hours of 7 am and 6 pm Mon­day to Fri­day.

Cur­rently, 26 per cent of petrol cars fail to meet theT-charge re­quire­ments.A fi­nal de­ci­sion on the T-charge will be taken in Fe­bru­ary 2017 with a view to im­ple­ment­ing the plans in Oc­to­ber 2017.

Want to drive your Mk1 Es­cort in Lon­don later on next year? It may now not cost you an ex­tra Ten­ner.

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