Londoners welcome T Charge as BHF warns of dangers of air pollution for capitals heart health

20 October 2017        

Category: Survival and support

Three-quarters of Londoners back Sadiq Khan’s £10 weekday T-charge to cut levels of toxic air in central areas, according to our new poll.

Heavy traffic in London

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New charge for dangerous vehicles

Today, London Mayor Sadiq Khan has introduced a new daily Toxicity charge or ‘T-charge’ in central London in order to reduce dangerous fumes from polluting vehicles and make London’s air safer. 

The charge will affect vehicles every week day that don’t meet the minimum exhaust emission standard, or were registered pre-2006.

Londoners in support

Our poll found that over 70% of Londoners support the daily charge of £10 which will operate on top of, and during the same times, as the congestion charge. The statistics reveal that nearly half (45%) of Londoners are worried about living in the city due to dangerous levels of air pollution and 81% of Londoners believe it's putting their health at risk. Over a third are put off running (37%) or cycling (38%) in the city because of the potentially deadly air.

Wakeup call

Our Chief Executive, Simon Gillespie, said:

“Dangerous levels of air pollution in London are putting the heart health of the general public - particularly those with heart disease - at greater risk of a heart attack or stroke.

“We urgently need to protect Londoners from inhaling deadly air – particularly from small particles in diesel fumes, which our research shows increase the risk of a potentially deadly cardiac event. 

“It’s extremely concerning that London’s toxic air could now force people to consider relocating, or avoid being outside.

“This is a wakeup call to how concerned the people of London are about the air they breathe. The Mayor’s toxicity charge is a step in the right direction, and we look forward to the introduction of a full Ultra Low Emissions Zone in 2019 which will help to further clean up London’s air.” 

Increased risk of heart attack and stroke

We are highlighting the need for bold action to clean up London’s air, as estimates show that globally, 80 per cent of all premature deaths from air pollution are caused by heart and circulatory disease.

The air pollution in London has breached legal limits for years and it’s estimated that in 2010 there were nearly 9,500 deaths across London associated with air pollution exposure, many of which would have been caused by heart and circulatory conditions.  

Air pollution contributes to around 40,000 premature deaths in the UK each year, many of which are from heart attack and stroke. 

We are committed to working with the Government to ensure that the most effective measures to clean up the UK’s toxic air are implemented. 

Find out about our research into air pollution