How London’s T-charge will affect logistics

London’s T-Charge has come into effect as part of the wider scale plans by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to tackle the high pollution and toxic air levels in the capital. The introductions will see drivers whose car do not meet certain standards have to pay a charge when entering the city.

As well as tourists and residents, the T-Charge will impact the logistics industry and HGV drivers. As a large commercial city, the change will affect many logistics providers that travel through London.

What is T-Charge?

The T-Charge will be in place in the same areas of central London as the Congestion Charge. Petrol and diesel vehicles that breach the Euro IV emissions standards (most likely to be those built before 2006) will have to pay £10 on top of the already in place congestion charge.

It will affect cars, minibuses, buses, coaches and HGVs.

Why has it been implemented?

London has consistently breached EU limits for air quality in recent years. The Mayor of London has announced plans such a low-emission zones to help solve the problem and the T-charge is part of the plans to help improve air quality in the capital.

HGV drivers

The charge will be forced upon drivers in the city between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday. Although most deliveries are already completed in the early or late hours of the day to avoid traffic, we could see more opt for deliveries and pick-ups from London at times outside of the chargeable hours.

It is advised that businesses with a HGV fleet check their vehicle registration certificates to see what Euro emission standard each complies with. It can then be considered whether more energy efficient replacements should be acquired.

HGV driver jobs

Heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers transport goods between distributors, suppliers and customers. They play an important role in the supply chain and help keep the country stocked up.

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