Top 5 Ways to Avoid Paying the T-Charge in London

27th Oct 2017

Transport for London's emissions surcharge came into force on the 23rd of October 2017. This means that if your car was registered before 2006, then it's almost certain that you'll have to pay an extra £10 a day to enter the congestion charge zone, on top of the £11.50 London congestion charge  currently in place. Learn how to beat the daily London Emissions Surcharge with the top 5 ways to avoid the T-Charge.

Cycling through London

Hop on a bike and cycle to work. It's a great way to get fit plus you'll beat the traffic as well as avoiding the T-Change and congestion charge. You'll save some money on fuel as well!

There is however one glaringly obvious downside to this. It means you'll have to actually cycle to work (even when it's raining).


Car share

This is a good way to halve your travel costs - providing you get along with the person you're driving to work with that is.

Other benefits include reducing congestion - imagine how quickly you would get to work if there were 50% less cars on the road! Just don't fall out with your car sharer, or the journeys could get awkward.


Get a new car

New cars that meet the Euro 4 emission standards will be exempt. This is probably the best way to avoid the T-Charge, you'll also get the added bonus of having a new car complete with that much sought after new car smell.

If you think you can't afford to drive a new car, check out these great leasing deals and prepare to be pleasantly surprised.

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Avoid the congestion zone

This may seem like the obvious answer but it's worth considering, especially if you can park outside the T-Charge zone and then walk.

If everyone did this then London's air pollution would be improved which is the main reason for the London Emissions Surcharge being introduced.


Use public transportation in London

Buses, trams and the tube are all viable alternatives. You'll be in good company, more than 1.3 billion people used the Tube last year and Londoners took more than 2.4 billion bus journeys too.

Unfortunately, it also means that you're going to be packed into a bus or tube carriage during rush hour and there is a possibility that you might arrive at your destination somewhat dishevelled.


More UK cities look likely to follow suit and introduce their own T-Charge

London's T-Charge could be just the first of a raft of new measures designed to improve air quality in British cities. A number of city councils have already requested new powers to set up their own clean air zones and toxicity charges. The following English cities have plans to be early adopters: Birmingham, Nottingham, Leeds, Southampton, Cambridge and Derby. If you regularly travel into any of these cities it may be time to start thinking about getting a more economic and less polluting vehicle.