Earlier this year in July, the British government announced they will ban sales of new vehicles starting in 2040 to keep the air in the country clean due to its high pollution rates.
In Central London, if someone has a car registered before the year 2006, they will have to pay $28 per day, or £21.50, if they want to drive in the area. It’s in effect while driving in central London from 7am to 6pm Mondays through Fridays.
The law went into effect on October 23rd. The city of London made the decision because they wanted to improve the quality of air and reduce air pollution. They introduced a new “T Charge”, which will tax vehicles made before 2006 that do not meet emission standards.
Mayor Sadiq Khan explained their decision saying, “It’s staggering that we live in a city where the air is so toxic that many of our children are growing up with lung problems. The T-charge is a vital step in tackling the dirtiest diesels before I introduce the world’s first Ultra Low Emission Zone as early as 2019.” That will mean in 2019, the charges will extend to nights and weekends, too.