Car Tax to Address London’s Air Quality

April 5, 2017 Taxation in UK

Smog in LondonLONDON – London’s streets could soon be quieter and the air could be cleaner, thanks to the Mayor’s new tax on inner-city drivers.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced that new taxes will soon be enacted on drivers in the city, in an effort to reduce urban pollution and help alleviate the burden of poor air quality.

The new taxes will come into effect from April 2019, and will see all high-polluting cars and vans driving in the to-be-established ultra-low emission zone (ULEZ) charged a daily tax.

The tax will apply to petrol cars that are older than 13 years old, and to diesel cars that are more than 4 years old.
The tax is expected to be set at GBP 12.50 per day.

The Mayor added that he wants to see the tax expended in the future to cover other highly-polluting vehicles like buses coaches, and trucks, in order to cover all main sources of inner-city pollution.

Explaining the push behind the tax, the Mayor said that the air in inner-London was toxic, and that he would not stand by and do nothing to address the situation.

He expanded on the idea and said that he hopes that in the future that portions of the city’s circular roads will also fall under the scope of the tax.