Mayor of Lon­don Sadiq Khan looks to soften ap­proach to clas­sics in the city

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News - www.lon­don.gov.uk/cleanair Tom Sey­mour

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:

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