Driving in London is even more expensive: in the city center, drivers of older cars now have to pay a new environmental toll of £ 12.50 a day. The British capital receives the equivalent of approximately 14.50 euros on top of the existing congestion charge ("congestion charge") of approximately 13.35 euros.
The "Ultra Low Emission Zone" is intended to improve air quality in the City of London, according to Transport for London. "Road traffic is the largest source of harmful emissions in London," the agency said. "That is why we act to clean our dangerously polluted air and improve public health."
The new reimbursement is charged daily and around the clock. The authority expects around 40,000 affected vehicles.
Greater London Authority
The new environmental zone in London (orange) and the planned expansion in 2021 (yellow)
The new environmental toll applies to diesel cars that are older than approximately four years and do not meet the Euro 6 standard. Also affected are gasoline engines, which are around 13 years of age and older and do not meet the Euro 4 standard, and motorcycles under the Euro 3 standard. For buses and trucks under the Euro 6 emission standard, £ 100 per day is due. Exceptions are the black London taxi & # 39; s.
photos & # 39; s
The new environmental zone must initially be congruent with the existing toll area in central London since 2003, but was later expanded. From 25 October 2021, the entire area between the A406 in the north and the A205 in the south becomes part of the low-emission zone.