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Financial Help With 'Toxin Tax'

Posted in General News on Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

There are plans for a number of charges to be introduced in London and some of the UK’s other major cities to try to reduce pollution levels.  

From April 2019, an ultra-low emission zone will be brought into operation in London and some drivers will have to pay £24 per day to enter it. The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has also put forward his plan to introduce a fee of up to  £12.50 on top of the existing congestion charge. In some other major cities in the UK, a so called ‘Toxin Tax’ of £20 is being introduced. This will affect the owners of any petrol vehicles that do not meet the Euro 4 emissions standards, and the owners of any diesel vehicles which do not comply with the Euro 6 emissions standards.

The plans for these charges were announced after the UK government received its ‘final warning’ regarding air quality, from the European Commission. Before this warning was issued, news came that one road in Brixton, South London reached its allocated yearly pollution level in just five days.

These announcements have not been warmly received by a number of motorists who were encouraged to buy diesel vehicles under the misguided belief that diesel was the environmentally friendly alternative to petrol. The Prime Minster, Theresa May, has recently hinted that she may be introducing some form of financial help for the owners of diesel vehicles who could potentially be subjected to a number of pollution charges. The charges will apply to the worst polluting vehicles on our roads, many of which are diesel cars over 11 years old. The Prime Minister said: “Decisions will be taken when we produce that [air quality] plan. But I'm very conscious of the fact that past governments have encouraged people to buy diesel cars and we need to take that into account when we look at what we do in the future."

It has been reported that the £12.50 fee will replace the ‘T-Charge’ by April 2019. Therefore if the same exemptions apply, Blue Badge holders and those whose vehicles are registered in the disabled tax class should be eligible for a 100% exemption. As the plans haven’t yet been finalised there is no definitive answer regarding the possibility of an exemption for disabled motorists. We will be keeping you updated on any developments.

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Edward Bailey

Tuesday, April, 18th, 2017

It would be far better if the Government gave the manufacturers 3 years to come up with a fix and paid the companies the subsidy. If the Government thinks I am going to sell my 2002 vehicle currently worth about £13,500 to get a £2000 contribution towards a new one for which the equivalent would now cost about £50,000 then the Government is even more off its rocker than I thought. Likewise with my wife's car a 1961 model would only be worth about £9000 now but would cost to replace with the updated model some £22,000 or so. If charges are brought in the routes will be planned to avoid such places and we shall spend our money in other towns.