Pollution charge to hit suppliers entering London

Pollution charge to hit suppliers entering London

The T-Charge has been billed as a big step forward in the battle against the poisonous particles that are pushed into London's air.

Starting Monday, cars registered before vehicles were forced to meet new European emissions standards now face a toxicity charge of 10 pounds ($13.50) a day in addition to the congestion charge of 11.50 pounds every time they enter central London.

"As Mayor, I am determined to take urgent action to help clean up London's lethal air", he said.

The move is a part of broader anti-pollution strategy championed by mayor Sadiq Khan, who has made tackling dirty air one of his top priorities.

A report last week found that pollution is killing 50,000 people in the United Kingdom each year, with the chief executive of the British Lung Foundation saying air pollution is reaching "crisis point worldwide".

The plans have come under criticism from conservative members of the London assembly and the federation of small businesses.

Halley's Comet is source of this week's Orionids meteor shower
Although the meteors can appear in any part of the sky, they seem to come from the constellation of Orion, hence their name. Stargazers may have to wait as many as 10 minutes between shooting stars (patience will serve you well this weekend).

The T-Charge is the first of a series of new rates being introduced in London.

"By boasting about a policy that so disproportionately penalises London's poorest drivers and puts jobs at risk, the mayor is simply blowing more smoke into the capital's already-polluted atmosphere".

Transport for London documents describe the expected air quality improvement as "negligible".

Hopefully the introduction of the T-charge - ahead of a wider Ultra Low Emission Zone - will help spark a change in drivers' mindsets and set an ambitious example for other cities.

The owners of older, polluting cars will now have to pay $28 just to enter central London.

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