The London Toxicity Charge, or 'T-Charge' - formally known as the Emissions Surcharge - is paid by drivers travelling within the city's T-Charge Zone in vehicles that don't meet certain emissions criteria. This zone covers the same area as the London Congestion Charge Zone, and the surcharge is paid on top of the Congestion Charge (C-Charge) where applicable.
How much does the T-Charge cost?
Vehicles with engines that are Euro 4 (VI) standard or better - including cars, vans, buses, coaches, and lorries - are exempt from the T-Charge. Drivers of vehicles that are pre-Euro standard, or only meet Euro 1 (I), Euro 2 (II) and Euro 3 (III) standards are required to pay a £10 surcharge each time they travel in the zone.
As a general rule, cars registered before 2006 will be subject to the T-Charge. When combined with the £11.50 C-Charge, the access cost of driving in central London (within the Congestion Charge Zone) will be up to £21.50 for some vehicles.
As for the C-Charge, the T-Charge is active between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday. Occasional drivers into the T-Charge zone can pay the charge in advance, on the same day as travel, or by midnight on the charging day after they drove in the zone. Failure to do so will incur a Penalty Charge Notice of £130 payable within 28 days, and reduced to £65 if paid within 14 days. Regular drivers in the T-Charge zone can set up an AutoPay account which reduces the cost by £1 each time they drive in the area.
Like the C-Charge, drivers are not required to pay on Bank Holiday's and between Christmas Day and New Year's Day inclusive. There is also no T-Charge applicable when driving in the T-Charge zone between 6pm and 7am, and on weekends.
Map courtesy of TfL
T-Charge exempt vehicles
Along with those vehicles that meet the emissions criteria, other exemptions include motorcycles, mopeds, and scooters that are exempt from the C-Charge, and Transport for London (TfL) licenced taxi and private hire vehicles also C-Charge exempt. Vehicles with a historic tax class - aged 40 years and older - and/or commercial vehicles manufactured before 1973. Other exemptions include active emergency service vehicles, VED-exempt NHS vehicles, and MoD vehicles. For a full list of exemptions, visit TfL's T-Charge page.
T-Charge vehicle check
To find out your car's Euro emissions standard and whether you are exempt from paying the T-Charge when driving in London, you can search for your model - new or used - on NGC's Car Emissions Tool by clicking the button below. Alternatively, you can use the TfL website's checker tool.