T-charge too weak, Christian conservationists say

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Leaders at Arocha UK have told Premier they are pushing for the payment, simply referred to as the T-charge, to be rolled out nationwide.

The organisation also said imposing the daily £10 fee on top of the existing £11.50 Congestion Charge was a justified burden for businesses.

 

Director of Conservation at the organisation, Andy Lester said: “The bottom line is it [pollution] is killing people.

“We have to think very hard about what is more important; whether a van can drive into central London or we start saving lives.”

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan introduced the T-charge, which largely applies to diesel and petrol vehicles registered before 2006, in a bid to improve the city’s “lethal air”.

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The fee mirrors the Congestion Charge by applying only to the central London zone and cars operating weekdays between 7am and 6pm.

Mr Lester stated: “We are the second worst air polluters in Europe; figures from 2015 suggest 50,000 Britons died from exposure to man-made chemicals, and that’s nearly ten per cent of the deaths in the year, nationwide.”

“It [the t-charge] is a step in the right direction and, if you’re suffering from a health-related condition then you will be, excuse the pun, breathing a sigh of relief.”

The RAC automotive services company said Mr Khan is right to tackle the oldest vehicles but warned that “drivers may also see themselves as an easy target”.

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