LONDON T-CHARGE TURNAROUND?
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan looks to soften approach to classics in the city
Historic vehicles may still win exemption from London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s proposed Toxicity Charge for the capital.
The Federation of British Historical Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) is hopeful classic cars will be exempt from the new £10 emissions tax, due to be launched on 23 October 2017. The clubs’ umbrella group met with Transport for London (TfL) following results of the first round of consultation on the new ‘ T-Charge’ which collated 15,000 views from the public.
The guidance as it now stands states that vehicles with a historic tax class (40 years and older) and/or commercial vehicles manufactured prior to 1973, that currently pay the congestion charge will be exempt from the T-Charge. But no final decisions will be made until a second round of consultation has been collected and published by February 2017.
The 40-year cut off will also mean 30-year old classics built between 1977 and 1987, as well as modern classics that don’t meet emissions standards, would still have to pay the £10 tax on top of the congestion charge if they drive into central London.
The T-Charge is an additional emissions surcharge on top of the congestion charge and will apply to vehicles that do not meet the Euro 4 emissions standard for NOx and particulate matter emissions. Pre-Euro 4 vehicles are generally those registered up to and including 2005. The T-Charge operates in the same area as the congestion charge, Monday to Friday, 7am-6pm.
CCW spoke to the London Mayor’s office earlier this year and at the time it wouldn’t rule out saddling classics with the T-Charge. FBHVC communications director Geoff Lancaster called the fact classics weren’t automatically exempt from the T-Charge a ‘nonsense’ due to them already winning exemption from a separate £12.50 a day emissions tax to enter London’s Ultra Low Emissions Zone. Classic car owners have until 18 December to give their thoughts on the second round of consultation: