The T-charge means that drivers in the London congestion zone with diesel and petrol vehicles registered before 2006 must pay £10, on top of the current £11.50 congestion charge. educogym Canary Wharf debate who this affects the most.
The T-charge came into effect on 23rd October 2017, for those with diesel or petrol cars registered before 2006, it means their daily commute into London city has now almost doubled from £11.50, to £21.50. One of the main questions being asked is, does this punish the poor rather than the rich and does it achieve the outcome of clean air. Godfrey Nurse, educogym Canary Wharf’s personal trainer answers “Of course the idea, of charging more for more polluting vehicles is a great way to get cleaner air in London, we live in one of the most highly polluted cities in Europe and the health issues that arrive from that are horrendous, however the main debate going on is who this actually affects the most, some people like tradesmen, for example, who rely on driving in and out of London for a living and couldn’t carry their equipment on a train, now have to pay an extra £50 per week to do their jobs, which for some that are struggling, especially in a city as expensive as London, really isn’t fair”.
But what about the rich? Won’t they be affected too? “Of course they will be effected, as they will have to pay more money, however those that are well off or wealthy, are more likely to have newer cars and so therefore would be exempt from the new charges anyway, but I must agree with Godfrey on this one, it will help reduce carbon emissions in London as those that don’t need to drive will probably choose to use public transport instead of the huge expense, however it really isn’t fair on those that have to drive, disabled people for example, London is not wheelchair accessable and so many disabled people would choose to drive in and out, this cost is a huge blow especially to those that have to drive but can’t afford an extra £2500 in T-charges if they drive daily. It really seems to be another rule that takes from the poorer people of the city and leaves the wealthy” explained Orlstyne Wilson.
Talks of a car free London have also come into conversation since the T-charge started rolling, many love the idea, but the drawbacks are also clear. “I like to cycle, however there are certain parts of London that are tough to drive in so a car free London would be amazing for someone like me and I am sure this would encourage many more to start cycling too which would be great for the environment as well as the Individuals fitness levels, but before a car free city can even be looked at, public transport needs to be improved. Trains and tubes are absolutely packed in the city, sometimes people have to wait up to 5 tubes just to get on a train, a 15-minute wait for a bus that is full when it finally arrives is just not going to cater for the extra commuters if a car free city came into play” stated Godfrey Nurse, educogym personal training expert, Canary Wharf.
What is the solution? “To reduce pollution, we need to have more eco-friendly and electric cars, a lot less cars driving in the city, better public transport and more of it! This would help the commuters, the environment, and with all the extra public transport would come a lot of jobs and so it would even help the economy!” said Orlstyne Wilson, personal trainer at educogym Canary Wharf.
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