This year the Mayor of London has announced that a new emissions surcharge will apply to all vehicles that fail to meet certain standards:

From 23 October 2017, cars, vans, minibuses, buses, coaches and heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) in central London will need to meet minimum exhaust emission standards, or pay a daily £10 Emissions Surcharge (also known as the Toxicity Charge, or T-Charge). This will be in addition to the Congestion Charge.

However assuming I will drive my own foreign vehicle into London it is unclear how the system will work. Assuming my car does fit the right Euro standard, how am I supposed to prove this to UK authorities? Is there a sticker one should buy like in the German Umweltzones?

I presume UK vehicles are in a central database so the government knows their ecological footprint based on their license plate number. But the TfL website doesn't mention how it would work for foreigners.

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    I don't have a direct answer to your question, but can comment that driving in central London is so unpleasant that a good strategy might be to park outside the congestion zone, and take public transit to your destination. This would avoid the congestion and emissions charges. Oct 15, 2017 at 15:34
  • @JimMacKenzie maybe with the new congestion charge the roads will free up? :)
    – JonathanReez
    Oct 15, 2017 at 16:33
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    a person can dream :) Oct 15, 2017 at 17:05

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Apparently it's currently unclear. There is a tool on the TfL website to check if your car is liable for the T-Charge, but it returns a strange response for foreign vehicles:

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I presume that TfL considers all foreign vehicles exempt by default and only starts charging them if their registration for the London Low Emission Zone shows they're also liable for the T-Charge.

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