How to check if you need to pay the new T-Charge

How to check if you need to pay the new T-Charge
The T-Charge will have to be paid on top of the Congestion Charge (Picture: EPA)

The new Emissions Surcharge – aka the ‘T-charge’ – comes into effect today.

Older vehicles driving in central London will now be made to meet the minimum European emission standards.

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If they don’t they’ll have to pay the £10 extra daily charge, on top of the congestion charge they’re already paying.

The T-charge operates in the same zone as the Congestion Charge, so if you’re already paying congestion then it should be easy enough to know when it applies.

But not all cars will need to pay it. If you want to check your vehicle, follow these instructions.

What is your vehicle registration and weight?

First, check your vehicle registration certificate (also known as a V5C) to find out the date of first registration and the weight of your vehicle.

If you don’t have your V5C, you can use Gov.uk’s vehicle enquiry service to find this information.

Does your vehicle meet the Euro emission standard?

For newer vehicles, you should be able to find the Euro emission standard on your V5C under section D.2.

The Euro emission standard is the same as the T-Charge standard – so if your vehicle meets one, it will meet the other.

The T-Charge standard is:

  • Quadricycles or motorised tricycles: Euro 3
  • Cars, vans and minibuses: Euro 4
  • HGVs, buses and coaches: Euro IV

Your vehicle is old – does that mean you have to pay?

No, not necessarily. A small number of vehicles that were manufactured before the Euro 4/Euro IV standard became mandatory will have NOx and PM emissions that meet the standards, or better.

These vehicles are called ‘early adopters’, and will also not be subject to the T-Charge.

TfL has a special T-Charge checker tool you can use to see if your vehicle qualifies as an early adopter – find it here.

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