LON­DON: NO EX­EMP­TION FOR CLAS­SICS

De­spite pre­vi­ous prom­ises to the con­trary, from next year it will cost more for older cars to en­ter the city...

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Front Page -

From next year, classic car own­ers will have to pay a whop­ping £21.50 a day just to drive into the cen­tre of Lon­don.

The Mayor of Lon­don, Sadiq Khan, has an­nounced the in­tro­duc­tion of an ad­di­tional £10 ‘T-charge’. The mea­sure is be­ing set up to re­duce emis­sions, bring­ing the fig­ure up to £21.50 in­clud­ing the ex­ist­ing £11.50 con­ges­tion charge.

From 2017, it will tax ve­hi­cles reg­is­tered be­fore 2005. The levy will ap­ply to all ve­hi­cles with pre-Euro IV emis­sion stan­dards and will op­er­ate in the same area as the con­ges­tion charge zone be­tween 7am and 6pm Mon­day to Fri­day.

Ge­off Lan­caster FBHVC com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor says: ‘Pol­icy mak­ers have not taken classic cars into ac­count. It’s non­sense.’

A spokesper­son for the Mayor’s of­fice says there are no cur­rent pro­pos­als to ex­empt classic cars from the new T-charge, but adds that Khan and his team are pre­pared to lis­ten to feed­back from the classic car in­dus­try.

Classic car own­ers will be forced to pay an ad­di­tional £10 ‘T-charge’ to en­ter the UK cap­i­tal. The to­tal to bring your classic into the cen­tre of Lon­don now stands at £21.50, in­clud­ing the ex­ist­ing Con­ges­tion Charge.

The Lon­don Mayor’s of­fice has con­firmed that classic ve­hi­cles will not be ex­empt from its new ‘T-charge’, which will tax ve­hi­cles reg­is­tered be­fore 2005 en­ter­ing the city cen­tre from 2017.

The new tax will ap­ply to all ve­hi­cles with pre-Euro IV emis­sion stan­dards and will op­er­ate in the same area as the Con­ges­tion Charge zone be­tween 7am and 6pm, Mon­day to Fri­day.

A spokesman for Mayor of Lon­don Sadiq Khan says no de­ci­sion had been made on an ex­act in­tro­duc­tion date other than ‘from 2017’.

His­toric ve­hi­cles are al­ready ex­empt from a sep­a­rate emis­sions area, the Ul­tra Low Emis­sions Zone (ULEZ), which is to be ex­tended from cen­tral Lon­don to cover the North and South Cir­cu­lar roads from 7 Septem­ber 2020.

How­ever, while there are no cur­rent pro­pos­als to ex­empt clas­sics from the T-charge, the Mayor and his team say they are pre­pared to lis­ten to feed­back. But Khan’s com­mu­ni­ca­tions depart­ment gave con­tra­dict­ing ad­vice to CCW, first say­ing all ve­hi­cles over 30 years old would be ex­empt from the T-charge.

It later back­tracked af­ter ad­mit­ting it was con­fused be­tween ex­emp­tions al­ready in place for ULEZ and this new con­sid­er­a­tion for the T-charge, both part of Khan’s plans to ‘ bat­tle Lon­don’s toxic air’.

Ge­off Lan­caster, the Fed­er­a­tion of Bri­tish His­toric Ve­hi­cle Clubs (FBHVC) com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor, says: ‘It ap­pears that de­spite lob­by­ing and win­ning the ex­emp­tion for ULEZ pol­icy mak­ers have not taken classic cars into ac­count with the new plans for the T-charge.

‘It is to­tal non­sense that you would have ex­emp­tion for ULEZ and not for the T-charge. You would have a sit­u­a­tion where you’d be check­ing your sat nav to make sure you drove your classic within ULEZ but not more cen­trally into the T-charge zone to at­tract an ad­di­tional charge.’

The ULEZ re­quires cars and small vans to be Euro VI com­pli­ant for diesel en­gines (reg­is­tered from Septem­ber 1, 2015 so five years old or less in 2020) and Euro IV for petrol en­gines (reg­is­tered from Jan­uary 1, 2006 so 14 years old or less in 2020). Non-com­pli­ant ve­hi­cles are re­quired to pay a daily charge of £12.50.

Mayor Sadiq Khan says: ‘ With nearly 10,000 peo­ple dy­ing early ev­ery year in Lon­don due to ex­po­sure to air pol­lu­tion, clean­ing up Lon­don’s toxic air is now an is­sue of life and death.’

The pub­lic has un­til Fri­day 29 July to give any feed­back on the first round of the con­sul­ta­tion, while more de­tailed con­sul­ta­tion will take place later this year. Tom Sey­mour

‘Pol­icy mak­ers have not taken classic cars into ac­count. It’s to­tal non­sense’ GE­OFF LAN­CASTER, FBHVC

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