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All the T-Charge info in one place

Written by: Neil

Older vehicles driving in central London now need to meet minimum Euro emission standards or pay an extra daily charge. This is in addition to the Congestion Charge. The T-Charge (officially known as the Emissions Surcharge) operates in the Congestion Charge zone and is part of the commitment to help clean up London’s dangerously polluted air.


The T-Charge costs £10 per day. You will also have to pay the £11.50 congestion charge.

Payment options

The T-Charge uses the same payment and operational systems as the Congestion Charge. If your vehicle is subject to the T-Charge, you pay for both the Congestion Charge and the T-Charge (if applicable) in the same transaction. You can pay in the same way you pay for the Congestion Charge.

Auto Pay

If you use Auto Pay your monthly Congestion Charge statement will now also include T-Charge.

Penalty for non-payment

If you fail to pay the T Charge you will receive a Congestion Charging PCN.


If your vehicle is registered for any discount from the Congestion Charge, other than the 9 + Seater discount, you will automatically benefit from the same discount from the T-Charge. (For example, vehicles with a 100 percent Congestion Charge discount will receive a 100 per cent discount from the T- Charge and Residents with a 90 percent discount will receive a 90 percent discount from the T-Charge.)

Remember that the T-Charge Compliance Checker will only check the emissions status of your vehicle, it does not take into account any Congestion Charge discount that may apply to it. If your vehicle does not meet the T-Charge emissions standards and you believe it has a Congestion Charge discount please sign into your account and check that your discount is active.

Buses that are exempt from the Congestion Charge by virtue of their tax class are not exempt from the T-Charge. If your vehicle does not meet the emissions standards you will need to pay the T-Charge value to drive in the zone.

Vehicles that are subject to a 100 percent Showman’s discount from the Low Emission Zone also benefit from a 100 percent discount from the T-Charge. They are still subject to the daily Congestion Charge.

Parked vehicles

Vehicles that are parked all day in an on-street parking bay and displaying a valid resident’s parking permit will not be charged for that day.


Motorcycles, mopeds and scooters that are exempt from the Congestion Charge are also exempt from the T-Charge.

Taxis and private hire vehicles (PHVs) are exempt from paying the Congestion Charge and the T-Charge when actively licensed with TfL. The exemption for PHVs only applies to private hire bookings.

Other exemptions include:

  • Vehicles with a historic tax class (40 years and older) and/or commercial vehicles manufactured before 1973. These vehicles continue to be subject to the Congestion Charge
  • Two-wheeled motorbikes (and sidecars) and mopeds that are exempt from the Congestion Charge
    Emergency service vehicles, such as ambulances and fire engines, which have a taxation class of ‘ambulance’ or ‘fire engine’ on the date of travel
  • NHS vehicles exempt from vehicle excise duty, and Ministry of Defence vehicles
  • Roadside recovery vehicles and accredited breakdown vehicles registered for a 100% discount from the Congestion Charge
  • Specialist off-road vehicles such as tractors and mobile cranes (that are exempt from Low Emission Zone)


The T-Charge and ULEZ do allow for the use of retrofit technology to enable older vehicles to meet the required emission standards for both oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and particulate matter (PM). These requirements are tighter than the current standards for PM for the London-wide Low Emission Zone. Retrofit technologies will need to be certified by the government’s Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme (CVRAS).

TFL must then be satisfied that a vehicle has an approved technology fitted that meets our requirements. We are currently developing the process for identifying approved retrofitted vehicles. Once this is confirmed, operators will be able to register their retrofitted vehicle with TfL and not have to pay the charge. In the meantime, operators of older vehicles, including those with retrofitted technology to meet the Euro IV PM standard, will need to pay the T-Charge to travel in the zone.

All information from TFL T-charge website and correct as of 23/10/2017