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Congestion charge changed to link with emissions

Any vehicle which emits less than 120g/km of carbon dioxide emissions will now not have to pay the London Congestion Charge.

Cars that emit above 225g/km CO2 will now get charged £25 each time they enter the congestion charge zone.

Transport for London expects 33,000 vehicles to be effected by the £25 charge each day.

Cars with CO2 emissions between 120-225g/km will continue to pay £8 per day.

The measures could add up to £6,500 in annual cost per demonstrator to dealers retailing specialist marques such as Porsche, Bentley and Ferrari within the Congestion Zone. Those carmaker's ranges currently all exceed the 225g/km ceiling.

The change will officially start on October 27 and is part of a package of measures that Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London, has introduced to cut London's carbon emissions by 60% within 17 years.

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