NEW LONDON LAW
Classic cars set to win exemption from new London T-charge
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.