T-charge prompts thousands to ditch their old cars for cleaner vehicles, figures show – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: Saturday, October 21, 2017

Thousands of drivers have ditched their diesel cars for cleaner vehicles ahead of London’s new “T-charge”, it has emerged.

The Sunday Telegraph has obtained Transport for London data showing the number of older diesel cars entering the the capital has dropped by more than a third in the year since the policy was announced. 

From Monday, drivers of the most polluting cars in central London will have to shell out an extra £10 a day on top of the congestion charge.

TfL’s cameras are now recording 6,500 entering the capital’s congestion charge zone a day, down by 3,500 compared to a year ago when 10,000 a day entered. 

A spokesman said the drastic drop was “even better” than TfL had expected to see ahead of the charge coming into force. He added that the reason for the decline was thought to be down to drivers selling diesel cars for modern vehicles to avoid paying the tax. 

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